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.

Policy Brief

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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
Filesize: 4.95 MB
Downloads: 3178
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 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
Filesize: 352.34 kB
Downloads: 3572
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 6 Aquatic biosecurity Policy Brief 6 Aquatic biosecurity

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Date added: 04/15/2010
Date modified: 02/20/2011
Filesize: 390.82 kB
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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
Filesize: 604.13 kB
Downloads: 1560
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 4 Participatory Approaches for Agriculture & Forestry Development in the Pacific Policy Brief 4 Participatory Approaches for Agriculture & Forestry Development in the Pacific

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Date added: 04/13/2010
Date modified: 02/20/2011
Filesize: 505 kB
Downloads: 6839
The purpose of this brief is to provide relevant and up-to-date information and views on participatory approaches for agriculture and forestry development in the Pacific.

Indigenous people and their local communities have a vital role in environmental management and development because of their knowledge and traditional practices. States should recognise and support their identity, culture and interests and enable their effective participation in the achievement of the sustainable development.
Ministerial Conference (2000), agenda item 21

Prepared by: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Land Resources Division in collaboration with our working partner.
Date: April 2008


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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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