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Issued by: the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the University of the South Pacific
2 July 2015 Nadi, Fiji – Some of the best regional agribusiness success stories are on show at the Agribusiness Forum taking place at the Pacific Community Agritourism Week in Nadi, Fiji.
The Agribusiness Forum is organized by the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) with the support of the European Union. The Pacific Island delegates are joined by colleagues from the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean, thereby facilitating a cross-regional exchange of best practices.
29 June 2015
Nadi, Fiji – Tourists to the Pacific Islands will see more local food on their plates, if delegates to the first ever Pacific Community Agritourism Week get their way..
Opened today in Nadi, the Agritourism Week is a collaborative effort between the European Union, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at the University of the South Pacific (USP).
Suva, Fiji – Improving the skills needed to assess the risks of agricultural pesticides to human and environmental health is the aim of a capacity building workshop this week (27 April – 1 May) at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Suva.
Good risk assessment and sound pesticide registration systems are essential in building the resilience and wellbeing of Pacific Island communities.
The European Union is assisting the workshop with funds for Phase 2 of the “Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements in ACP Countries”, a partnership with SPC, and with technical support provided by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).
Most Pacific Islands do not have specialised skills and diagnostic equipment available to conduct thorough scientific analyses of pesticides, often relying on standards used in neighbouring countries like New Zealand and Australia.
More than 60 per cent of pesticides imported by Pacific Island countries and territories have not been properly assessed for risks to human and environment health.
Nukualofa, Tonga – This week in Tongatapu a number of activities are under way to improve the livelihoods of farmers by improving their access to the tourism and restaurant markets.
The European Union, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) are collaborating with the Tonga Ministry of Agriculture to promote Pacific Agritourism in Nuku’alofa, in an effort to strengthen the links between agriculture and tourism.