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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Policy Brief 6 Aquatic biosecurity Policy Brief 6 Aquatic biosecurity

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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 7 Agriculture, forestry and climate change Policy Brief 7 Agriculture, forestry and climate change

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Date added: 04/16/2010
Date modified: 08/18/2010
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Natural resources underpin economic growth in PICTs and the livelihoods and cultural identity of their people. Agriculture and forestry make particularly significant contributions to employment, income and foreign exchange earnings.

Sustainable land management practices, including reduced tillage, agro-forestry systems and organic production can also increase both above and below ground carbon reserves.

Prepared by: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Date: July 2009

© Secretariat of the Pacific Community, 2009.
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 8 Benefits of Organic Agriculture Policy Brief 8 Benefits of Organic Agriculture

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Date added: 04/26/2010
Date modified: 08/18/2010
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Non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes are the leading cause of deaths in PICTs. Poor diets and consumer preferences for processed and imported food, especially in urban areas, have contributed to this problem. Increasing reliance on imports also makes PICTs vulnerable to global economic events such as escalating food prices, which can lead to food insecurity.

Prepared by: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the Regional Organic Task Force on behalf of the Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Policy Network (PAFPNet)
Date: August 2009

© Secretariat of the Pacific Community, 2009.
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 9 Livestock in the Pacific Policy Brief 9 Livestock in the Pacific

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Livestock (particularly chickens and pigs) play a major role in the cultures and traditions of Pacific people. The demand for livestock products in the region is currently met from both locally produced products and imported livestock products. In a reflection of the global trend, demand for meat products has grown steadily (1.7 per cent per year) over the period 1972–2003.This trend is expected to continue into the future and presents a major opportunity for the development of the livestock sector in the region.

Prepared by: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) on behalf of the Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Policy Network (PAFPNet)
Date: September 2009

© 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 12 Developing a policy framework for extension systems Policy Brief 12 Developing a policy framework for extension systems

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Date added: 08/22/2010
Date modified: 08/22/2010
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Agricultural and rural extension is one of the key policy instruments available to governments to bring about positive change in agriculture and rural communities.

Extension is the process of working with rural and farming communities to build on their knowledge and skills and thus improve their economic, social and environmental well-being.

Prepared by: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) on behalf of the Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Policy Network (PAFPNet)
Date: 2010

© Secretariat of the Pacific Community, 2010.
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).

To sign up to PAFPNet and receive regular information related to Agriculture and Forestry policy development please email [email protected] with the subject line ‘Subscribe to PAFPNet’.