The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) confirms closure by end of 2020.

Magali Reinert

Environemental and scientific journalist for press, web and TV

Environemental and scientific journalist for press, web and TV

Magali Reinert

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A new participatory certification system is providing agricultural producers and processors from the Pacific with easier access to organic markets. Although a significant share is already exported within the sub-region, the aim of locally and participatory certified organic producers is to find new outlets, particularly in the tourist industry. This offers significant potential for local producers and enterprises if they receive appropriate policy support.

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Researchers in Madagascar are pointing out the benefits of the prickly pear – an invasive yet essential species. Rich in vitamins and minerals, and an important source of water during the dry season, this fruit could be part of the solution to the country’s food insecurity and extreme droughts.

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Obesity is not a foregone conclusion. In the Pacific, organisations such as CTA are supporting local farming in an effort to tackle this major health concern. With the Island nations making up eight of the top 10 countries for diabetes, governments are looking for a new approach to change individual behaviour.

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Energy transition is needed to mitigate climate change and meet the growing needs of the agriculture sector. New technologies are providing some innovative solutions.

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