Discussion Summaries

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The e-Discussions (mostly running between 2014-2018) provide useful insights into members' needs and challenges.  They provide direction for follow-up activities. 

MONTH TOPIC Total Respondents Male Female Web Page hits 21/5/18
August Relevance of Policy Framework to support Strengthen Agriculture Extension & Rural Advisory Services 6 6 0 2151
September The management of pesticides in the Pacific Islands Agriculture Production 10 8 2 752
October Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security 10 7 3 793
January How to improve linkages between farmers, extension and research 15 13 2 1084
February Animal Welfare 20 17 3 823
March Vulnerability of Pacific Agriculture and Forestry to Climate Change 12 12 0 1066
April Livestock Production in the Changing Environment of Pacific Islanders 21 19 2 904
June Linking Farmers to the Tourism Market 17 16 1 1086
July Addressing Biosecurity in the Pacific Island countries and Territories 13 12 1 1222
September Agricultural policy access, uptake and content 4 4 0 1939
October Agricultural Statistics for evidence based policy making in the Pacific 25 19 6 2051
April Re-building the Agriculture sector and Farmer Livelihoods  Post–Disaster. 15 14 1 2315
September The Conservation, Management and Sustainable Utilization of Forest 8 8 0 2257
March Climate Change Adaptation and the role of Agriculture    12 9 3 642
May Ways to reduce Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle breeding sites in and around coconut plantations 13 10 3 166

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Discussion Query - Climate Change adaptation and the Role of Agriculture

PAFPNet Discussion Query Consolidated Responses    (27 March 2018)

The “Climate Change Adaptation and the Role of Agriculture” discussion query ran from 27/3-13/4/18 to assist in collating Pacific viewpoints for contribution to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) Forty-eighth session Bonn, Germany, 30 April to 10 May 2018 in relation to Item 8: “Koronivia joint work on agriculture”.  This will guide work to address vulnerabilities of agriculture to climate change and approaches to addressing food security of the Pacific Climate Smart Agriculture alliance.

Discussion Query - Ways to reduce Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Breeding Sites in and around coconut plantations

PAFPNet Discussion Query Consolidated Responses   (until 17 May 2018)

In this PAFPNet discussion query we asked your views and advice on successful ways to reduce potential beetle breeding sites. What resulted was a wide ranging discussion about emergency responses, biological control and phyto-sanitation.  The consolidated responses will assist in drafting regional phytosanitary guidelines for coconut plantations, sawmills and landfills.

The Conservation, Management and Sustainable Utilization of Forest

Consolidated Responses for the PAFPNet Discussion for the Third quarter of 2016

Date: 20/07/16 - 16/09/16

“The Conservation, Management and Sustainable Utilization of Forest”

For the third quarter of 2016, PAFPNet hosted the discussion topic themed around the Regional Strategy and Action Plan for the conservation, management and sustainable utilization of forest genetic resources in the Pacific. The Action Plan is an important guide for PICTs in developing and implementing relevant policies, strategies and activities within their own national and local settings to contribute to the sustainable management and development of Pacific forest and tree genetic resources for present and future generations.

Re-building the Agriculture sector and Farmer Livelihoods – Post – Disaster

Consolidated Responses for the PAFPNet Discussion for the First quarter of 2016

Date: 17/03/16 - 22/04/16

Re-building the Agriculture sector and Farmer Livelihoods – Post – Disaster


For the first quarter of 2016 PAFPNet hosted the discussion topic themed, “Re-building the Agriculture sector and Farmer Livelihoods – Post – Disaster” where in just 2 years, both Fiji and Vanuatu have faced their most devastating natural disasters on record. Six questions were underlined for the discussion that triggered an extensive and thorough exchange of views and altogether 15 replies were received. Thank you very much for participating!

Tropical cyclones Winston and Pam, both Category 5s, have caused cataclysmic losses in both countries. Extreme weather events like TC Winston and Pam are not unexpected in the Pacific, which is one of the most vulnerable areas in the world to natural disasters due to powerful tectonic forces constantly shaping the region and the occurrence of unusually warm ocean conditions. Scientists and Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have predicted that the natural disaster frequency has risen and that their intensity will be more and more severe, hence causing major destructions especially to small and vulnerable countries such as Small Island Developing States (SIDS).