Archive for August 2016

Tuilaepa warns against cheap food imports

Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has warned that food security in the Pacific is being eroded as people move to the towns and rely on cheap imported food. About 120 delegates are attending the three-day conference 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum in Samoa’s capital. Tuilaepa told growers, manufacturers, restaurant and hotel owners at the Apia conference that…

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Health concern in the Pacific region

The Pacific region is facing a health crisis that is directly linked to agriculture, food and nutrition. A joint statement by the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) states that obesity rates within the Pacific Island countries are among the highest in…

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Workshop on food tourism

A workshop which hopes to capitalise on the growing food tourism boom worldwide where destinations are offering unique culinary experiences to visitors by encouraging qualified chefs in the region to work with local communities to source local food resources for their menus and use greater innovation and creativity in food preparation is in progress in Samoa. The…

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Culinary training to boost food tourism in the region

A two-day culinary training workshop being held in Apia, Samoa this week aims to improve the knowledge and skills of culinary business owners in the South Pacific region as well as chefs from small and medium sized hotels in Samoa. The Chefs Culinary Training workshop is a joint collaboration between the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO),…

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Asia-Pacific's food safety and security strengthened through latest ICT developments

Asia-Pacific's food safety and security strengthened through latest ICT developments Recent advances in information and communication technology are leading to remarkable improvements in agricultural production and food safety in Asia and the Pacific, a UN forum of ICT experts meeting in Bangkok heard today. From drones to smart phones, advances in ICT are bridging the…

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Top Chefs showcase Pacific flavours at Regional Agribusiness Forum in Apia, Samoa

Top Chefs showcase Pacific flavours at Regional Agribusiness Forum in Apia, Samoa [28/08/2016] Pacific cuisine is to feature as part of the forthcoming 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum, taking place from August 29 to September 1 in Apia, Samoa. A special Chefs Training Programme on “Pacific Contemporary Island Cuisine” will see renowned regional chefs Robert Oliver…

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Media Advisory: On Display in Bangkok – Food safety/security gains made possible by advances in ICT

Media Advisory: On Display in Bangkok – Food safety/security gains made possible by advances in ICT |  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Recent advances in information and communication technology are leading to great improvements in food security and food safety in Asia and the Pacific. A three-day exhibition, with live demonstrations, will take place on the sidelines…

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When it comes to its humanitarian work, FAO is in it for the long haul

When it comes to its humanitarian work, FAO is in it for the long haul Celebrated every 19 August, World Humanitarian Day provides an annual reminder of the continuing need for collective action to alleviate suffering and want around the globe. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of…

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This Anguilla Hotel Now Has Its Own Fish Market

It’s a first-of-its-kind culinary experience in the Caribbean: a hotel with its own fish market. It’s the brainchild of the Zemi Beach House hotel in Anguilla: each week, the Zemi Beach House Fish Market sees local fishermen bring the fresh catch of the day to the shores of Shoal Bay. The fish is then barbecued by the…

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Bringing in fisheries along the road from Paris to Marrakech COP-22

Bringing in fisheries along the road from Paris to Marrakech COP-22 Today in Bangkok, a three-day global conference on climate change adaptation for the fisheries and aquaculture sector opens. The Conference, FishAdapt, provides participants from government, intergovernmental organizations, academia, private sector and civil society the opportunity to share real-life experiences and practical research relating to identifying…

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