Description/achievement of initiative
FAO has partnered with SPC through Letters of Agreement to address and number of issues, including: improved capacities on enhanced production technologies, information sharing on trans-boundary pests and diseases and pesticides management, linking to the Rotterdam Convention; and, awareness of the Voluntary guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the context of national food security. Ongoing partnership between the two agencies in the area of trade facilitation through the regular Round Table Meeting on WTO standards which is led by FAO on a biannual basis.
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Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
FAO-SPC Training of Trainers : An example of joint activities between FAO and SPC is the ˜Training of Trainers organized in Fiji to discuss major safety issues dealing with pesticides. Pesticides are poisons designed to kill and eliminate pests and diseases as the ultimate aim to ensure crop harvests are of supreme quality to fetch high economic returns, in terms of feeding capacity and financial gain with little attention and knowledge of their adverse effects. Pesticides can cause short-term adverse health impacts, called acute effects, as well as chronic adverse impacts that can occur months or years after exposure. This training aimed to support the reduction of pesticide use in Pacific agriculture and as a refresher ˜Training of Trainers" workshop on the application of integrated pest management (IPM) tools on the Brassica crops, such as English and Chinese cabbages, broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, etc.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
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FAO, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)