Commissioning of coconut nursery in Papua New Guinea: A boost for farmers’ access to high-yield planting materials

The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Pacific Community (SPC), in partnership with Kokonas Indastri Koporesen (KIK), are proud to announce the commissioning of a coconut nursery in Pinu village

Research in Focus: Sprouting personalities: Semi, an advocate for crop genetic diversity

Deep in this forest that houses 2,400 plant and tree accessions and over 1,500 varieties of taro (edible aroids) is Semi Cakaunitavuki, a Senior Laboratory Technician in Germplasm Health at the Centre for Pacific Crops and Plants (CePaCT). Every day he…

Pacific heads chart way forward for veterinary and animal production services

New Pacific pesticide registration scheme announced at Pacific Week of Agriculture and Forestry

A newly proposed Pacific Regional Pesticide Registration Scheme is expected to pave the way for monitoring of pesticide use in the region following discussions at the Pacific Week of Agriculture and Forestry (PWAF) in Nadi, Fiji last week.

Moli’s Dream – Building care and community through cocoa in Vanuatu

“We live in a world of disaster,” states Moli Lui flatly, standing underneath the shade and leathery oblong pods of a cocoa tree on his sprawling farm on the thick and leafy patch of green that is Malo Island in the Northern reaches of Vanuatu. “When…

Resistant pest strains and increasing plant diseases probed at critical biosecurity meet

Photo: Vanuatu Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) biosecurity inspection In their first face-to-face meeting in three years, biosecurity and plant quarantine experts from across the Pacific came together in Nadi, Fiji, this week to find solutions for…

New Zealand and SPC sign agreement to strengthen animal health in the region

As the Pacific region grapples with the potential spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) and other transboundary animal diseases, the Pacific Community (SPC) has signed a partnership agreement with Biosecurity New Zealand to strengthen…

Overcoming drought together on World Drought Day

Do you know that our ecosystems are connected? Have you ever taken the time to learn that our soil ecosystems, water ecosystems, forest ecosystems and marine ecosystems are all linked? Do you ever wonder that if you exploit one of the ecosystems it will…

Keeping us all fed – The Pacific Food System

The term ‘food systems’ refers to interconnected activities involved in the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food.  They are enormously complex and important. And while food systems are now globally influenced, their impacts…

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle control fast-tracked through new agreement in Papua New Guinea

Photo: Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle eggs hatch into C-shaped, larval grubs that can grow to be 60-105mm (2.3-4.1 inches) long.  
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