News & Press Releases

Capacity building on social media tools for improved knowledge sharing

Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 14 April, 2015 – From 13 to 17 April 2015 the Cook Islands Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) is hosting a Web 2.0 and social media learning opportunity workshop and training. The event held at the MoA’s headquarters in Arorangi, is jointly supported by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), and the European Union funded Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP) (part of the Intra-ACP Agriculture Policy Project).

European Union and SPC in a partnership to develop Pacific coconut sector

Suva, Fiji – Coconuts have a unique potential to contribute to sustainable and healthy rural livelihoods throughout the Pacific islands and can provide a key driver for employment, incomes and growth in the region.

The European Union (EU) through the 10th European Development Fund is allocating 3.5 million Euro (FJ$7.75 million) to further develop the coconut industry in the Pacific. The Pacific Coconut Project will be implemented by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

A three-day regional consultation (30 March – 1 April) is organised this week at Novotel, Nadi to review and endorse a project design on a way forward to develop the coconut sector in the Pacific and to begin groundwork for a new Pacific Regional Coconut Strategy.

New potato and sweet potato varieties from Latin America to improve Pacific food security

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31  March 2015

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Suva, Fiji – Almost 70 new varieties of potato and sweet potato will soon be available to Pacific Island countries and territories, to improve food security across the region.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC’s) Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT), based in Suva, Fiji, has received 42 new potato varieties as tissue cultures that are sub-tropical, heat-tolerant and resistant to some potato viruses.

Potato is becoming one of the most consumed crops in the Pacific Islands region, with some countries and territories beginning to grow potatoes, while Fiji imports FJD 17 million of potatoes ever year.

Technical consultation to develop a Pacific Coconut Strategy

Suva, Fiji – Coconuts have a unique potential to contribute to sustainable and healthy rural livelihoods throughout the Pacific islands and can provide a key driver for employment, incomes and growth in the region.

A 3-day regional consultation (30 March – 1 April) will be held at Novotel Nadi to prepare the groundwork for a new Pacific Regional Coconut Strategy. The technical consultation is facilitated by the European Union funded Pacific Agricultural Policy Project (PAPP) based with SPC Land Resources Division. PAPP aims to strengthen agricultural policies for sustained development of smallholder agriculture through closer linkage to competitive markets and improved knowledge management platforms for technology transfer. 

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