by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Two series of workshops will be held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 7 to 10 September to develop better ways of sharing important policies, information and research, to boost agricultural practice and provide information that can be easily accessed and used in the Pacific region.
As agriculture is seen to be the backbone of many Pacific Island economies, this workshop will gather Vanuatu’s social media officers and journalists to join the agriculture and communication professionals from 15 Pacific countries for discussions and review Vanuatu’s new agriculture policy.
The two workshops are a collaborative effort between European Union-supported Pacific Agriculture Policy Project, and implemented by the Lands Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and Vanuatu’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity.
These two workshops are (i) Vanuatu National Agricultural Policy Awareness and Implementation Policy and (ii) Vanuatu’s new Agriculture Sector Policy. The second workshop on Vanuatu’s new agriculture policy will be providing national stakeholders an outline of the new policy which will cover the periods 2015-2030.
With plans underway, Vanuatu’s Agricuture Policy Bank is soon to be launched online where it can be easily accessed and viewed by users.
The policy provides translated summaries of the key policy documents in English, French and Bislama.
Vanuatu is the first country in the Pacific to launch this agriculture policy and a total of 15 Pacific countries will participate in the workshop.