Paving the way for a Pacific Strategic Action Plan for Agriculture and Fisheries Statistics (P-SPAFS)

The Pacific Strategic Action Plan for Agriculture and Fisheries Statistics (P-SPAFS) came a step closer to full establishment after the Plan’s Working Group met for the first time in Suva, Fiji on 11-12 April 2016. The Plan will be guided and administered by a joint secretariat made up of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Regional Office of the Global Strategy in Asia Pacific.

The meeting set the foundation for the P-SPAFS by agreeing on a wide ranging and inclusive vision and set of actions that will expand, complement and strengthen the Global Strategy’s current work in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga.

The Plan will address the crop, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture sectors, in addition to land use and land tenure. It will support work in the thematic areas of food security, disaster risk management and sustainable natural resource management/environment. Activities will be regionally focused, and include all 23 Pacific Island Nations that make up the Pacific Community. Vital components of the Plan’s operation, including how data is collected and how the Plan will be integrated into National Statistics Strategies, were also discussed during the meeting. The plan’s focus will be on strengthening already existent agriculture statistics strategies.

The P-SPAFS outline will now go through the next phase of drafting and be circulated to the Working Group for approval. The Working Group intends to review and finalize the draft by August this year, with a follow-up meeting focused on implementation scheduled for October 2016.