Biosecurity and Trade

Biosecurity is a strategic and integrated approach to analyzing and managing relevant risks to human, animal and plant life and health and associated risks to the environment. Interest in biosecurity has risen considerably over the last decade in parallel with increasing trade in food, plant and animal products, more international travel, new outbreaks of transboundary disease affecting animals, plants and people, heightened awareness of biological diversity and greater attention to the environment and the impact of agriculture on environmental sustainability.

Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTSs) need to position themselves to take advantage of trading opportunities, while protecting their natural resource base from potential risks.
Improving the taro export pathway for Fiji and Samoa
Saturday, 10 March 2012 11:42
The agenda involved an update on the implementation, progress and constraints of project objectives by partners. The team identified amendments to activities and to the research and development aspects of the project, the aim of which is to restore the viability of export pathways for taro. Collaboration and regular communication among partners was also highlighted as key to achieving the project goals.

The partners were reminded of the importance of linkages to other ongoing projects such as the Aus AID- funded, Pacific Horticulture and Agriculture Market Access programme and the ACIAR funded, Soil Health Project and Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI).


The two day meeting (February 28-29) was hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community at the Nabua Campus in Suva. Personnel from Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture, Biosecurity Fiji and Samoa’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food attended, with collaborating consultants from Kalang Consultancy Service, Australia and personnel from the Plant Health and Biosecurity and Trade sections of SPC.


The project is funded by the Australian Centre for Increasing Agricultural Research (ACIAR).


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