Food security and agriculture is a constant concern for the people of Tonga because the country is currently ranked second in the world’s most at risk countries to natural hazards, the Prime Minister, Hon. Hu’akavameiliku, told an international regional conference last week, in an online address.
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Results for food security
Tuesday 15 March 2022
Friday 25 February 2022
Tonga's disaster recovery effort to re-build its agricultural sector, was assisted by the donation of 1500kg of seeds from New Zealand today.
Monday 31 January 2022
Damage estimated at nearly $39 million pa'anga was inflicted on Tonga’s agricultural sector by the Jan. 15 Hunga Tonga - Hunga Ha’apai eruption, which energised a tsunami and heavy volcanic ash fall over Tonga. While root crops that are ready to be harvested were not affected, the last season crops that were just sprouting were wiped out, said Viliami Manu, CEO for the Ministry of Agriculture.
Tuesday 13 July 2021
Humanity is drifting into increasing danger. Climate change is accelerating; biodiversity is plummeting; hunger and extreme poverty are rising; and the gap between rich and poor is widening. These trends threaten not only human health and livelihoods, but also global peace and stability. Reversing them will require a shared effort to rebuild, and even upgrade, the systems on which we all depend – beginning with the global food system. By Gilbert F. Houngbo
Saturday 5 September 2020
Cheeping chicks are free for distribution at the Livestock Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries, under a year-long national program that aims to distribute 100,000 chicks to Tongan homes.
Saturday 25 July 2020
This week a World Trade Organisation Negotiating Group said they were ready to start new discussions on a multilateral agreement to curb fisheries subsidies. But while the WTO is pushing for an outcome by the end of the year, it remains an issue that small Pacific Islands states such as Tonga still have to fully address.
Monday 12 August 2019
London, United Kingdom
On the eve of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting taking place in Tuvalu this week, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland recognises the existential threat which climate change poses to Pacific Islanders. She calls on governments across the globe to urgently meet the terms of the Paris climate change agreement, if we are to save our Pacific Islands, as the rising sea levels could literally engulf thousands of islands in the region by 2100.
Tuesday 20 November 2018
Eradicating hunger, ending food insecurity, and ensuring sustainability are global priorities that call for collective action. We need to strengthen, not weaken, international cooperation. The international community needs to do three things to harness the benefits of trade in food and agriculture products. By Angel Gurría and José Graziano da Silva
Wednesday 16 August 2017
Santa Monica, USA
As global temperatures rise and droughts become more common, political agitation, social unrest, and even violence will likely follow. Scientists agree that climate change poses a grave danger to the planet. But for some reason, politicians and government officials have not connected the dots between a changing climate and human conflicts. Among the many threats associated with climate change, deteriorating global security may be the most frightening of all. It is bad enough to see farmers carrying skulls through the streets of India. But if we do not get serious about climate-driven security risks, we could see far worse. By Gulrez Shah Azhar
Wednesday 18 March 2015
Tonga has signed the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture that promotes food security. on 16 March.
Tuesday 24 February 2015
Regional experts meeting in Apia, Samoa, have recognised the vital role of local agriculture in food security and resilience to climate change.
Saturday 7 December 2013
Greenpeace has expressed its disappointment that the Pacific tuna talks which ended in Cairns yesterday have failed to take action to end overfishing of the region's valuable tuna stocks, which it says is in a dire state “as the region is robbed of its resources”.
Thursday 15 August 2013
King Tupou VI opened the fourth Royal Agricultural Show in Pangai, Ha’apai on Wednesday, August 14, where an abundance of local food and products was displayed at the one-day event.
Monday 11 April 2011
Tonga's growing reliance on imports to meet its protein needs, threatens the nation's food security, and this was a concern discussed at a regional FAO meeting in Vava'u last week.
Friday 20 July 2007
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are urging all countries to strengthen their food safety systems and to be far more vigilant with food producers and traders.