Pacific Agricultural & Forestry Policy Network

Effective policies rely on good information. Policy makers from the region identified weak communication, poor engagement of stakeholders, and lack of timely information as constraints to the development of effective Pacific agricultural and forestry policies and the enforcement and implementation of existing ones. A robust regional information exchange was identified as a valuable tool to strengthen communication in the area of agricultural and forestry policy.

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SPC Policy Brief 27 - Youth In Agriculture: Enhancing the value of farming jobs for youths SPC Policy Brief 27 - Youth In Agriculture: Enhancing the value of farming jobs for youths

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Date added: 10/17/2016
Date modified: 10/17/2016
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The issue of youth engagement in the agricultural sector strikes the heart of a very difficult issue. In the Pacific region, youth unemployment is significant. Coupled with low economic growth, limited job creation and opportunities in the formal sector for youth, the engagement of young people in the agricultural sector would seem a solution for many. Yet the contribution of agriculture to GDP is less than 3% in most Micronesian countries, less than 10% in most Polynesian countries, and less than 20% in most Melanesian countries.

In 2008, ministers for agriculture called for ways to support young people to take up careers in agriculture. In response, the Pacific Youth in Agriculture Strategy 2011–2015 was developed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and endorsed by the ministers in 2010. The Pacific Youth Development Framework (PYDF) 2014 – 2023, tackles how to move forward from a strategic framework towards action, in environments with scarce resources for large-scale programming.

This policy brief draws on these and proposes a set of action-oriented steps to advance the formulation of an agricultural policy that aims to maximise youth potential to serve Pacific communities.

 

Policy Brief 2 A regional approach to invertebrate export fisheries Policy Brief 2 A regional approach to invertebrate export fisheries

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Date added: 03/23/2010
Date modified: 02/20/2011
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Invertebrate export fisheries are persistently overfished as a result of the local population’s greater fishing capacity and growing need for cash, coupled with an expanding market in China and “fly-by-night” investment by the marine products sector with little interest in long-term sustainability.

© Secretariat of the Pacific Community, 2008.
Original text : English — Permission is freely given to photocopy for educational purposes (non-profit and non-commercial) only. For permission to reproduce by any other means, adapt or translate, contact SPC.

Policy Brief 6 Aquatic biosecurity Policy Brief 6 Aquatic biosecurity

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Date added: 04/15/2010
Date modified: 02/20/2011
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Aquatic biosecurity is a system of procedures for dealing with the risks of diseases, pests and other hazards (such as genetic pollution) in aquatic environments. In the Pacific region, the main aims of aquatic biosecurity are to safeguard human health, the environment, and national economies.

© Secretariat of the Pacific Community, 2008.
Original text : English — Permission is freely given to photocopy for educational purposes (non-profit and non-commercial) only.
For permission to reproduce by any other means, adapt or translate, contact SPC.

Policy Brief 5 Fisheries and Climate Change Policy Brief 5 Fisheries and Climate Change

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Date added: 04/14/2010
Date modified: 02/20/2011
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The aim of this brief is to:
  • alert governments to some of the risks that climate change poses to the fisheries priorities of the Pacific Plan and the actions identified in the Vava’u Declaration on Pacific Fisheries Resources; and
  • identify how the fishing industry and fishing communities can begin to adapt to changing environments to help maintain the benefits of fisheries.
This is the first in a series of interim Policy Briefs on this issue. As more knowledge is gained through the new project on fisheries and climate in the region1, more comprehensive recommendations for adaptive management will be provided.

© Secretariat of the Pacific Community, 2008.
Original text : English — Permission is freely given to photocopy for educational purposes (non-profit and non-commercial) only.
For permission to reproduce by any other means, adapt or translate, contact SPC.

Policy Brief 21 Pacific Regional Food Security Policy Brief 21 Pacific Regional Food Security

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Date added: 07/08/2014
Date modified: 07/08/2014
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What is Food Security?

“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. (World Food Summit, 1996)

The right to food security is central to human development and many of the major human rights treaties. It is also implicit in Goal 1 of the Millennium Development Goals – Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger.

© Secretariat of the Pacific Community, 2014.
Original text : English — Permission is freely given to photocopy for educational purposes (non-profit and non-commercial) only. For permission to reproduce by any other means, adapt or translate, contact SPC.
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PAFPNet provides an opportunity for stakeholders to connect, share and engage in forums and activities intended for the development of effective agriculture and forestry policies.  It also offers a platform for Pacific stakeholders to correlate with those from other regions and institutions and learn from their experiences in agricultural and forestry policy development and implementation.  PAFPNet is forging closer alliances and cooperation with other regional and international networks, particularly with the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

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