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22 Dec 2014 description

Nine people are now reported to have died from chikungunya in French Polynesia in an outbreak which is estimated to have affected about 40,000 people.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International.

22 Dec 2014 description

Health authorities in American Samoa are reminding people travelling over the Christmas holidays to be vigilant and protect themselves against the chikungunya virus.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International.

18 Dec 2014 description


  • General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.

  • Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.

  • In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.

  • Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.

12 Dec 2014 description
report Government of Samoa

Over 19 weeks, we have seen a total of 3,135 cases (Attack rate of 16.7 per 1,000). 1.7% of Samoa’s population have been infected (those that present to the hospitals). No reported deaths


  • Multi-media awareness programs are continuing, with emphasis on source reduction

  • Multi-sectoral collaboration is continuing with the Ministry of Health calling on all sector partners to assist with source reduction

  • Targeted vector control is also continuing, with resistance surveys planned for 2015

12 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank


  • Samoa is still recovering from Cyclone Evan, which hit the country in December 2012.

  • In addition to short-term relief, the World Bank is investing in electronic vouchers with mobile phone technology that will deliver long-term recovery benefits.

  • The e-vouchers will be used by nearly 7,400 farmers and fishermen to help boost income and agriculture production.

02 Dec 2014 description

The launch and workshop are the culmination of a two year-long collaborative process to collate and adapt climate change education resource materials for inclusion in Pacific island school curricula. Aimed at school children in Years 7 and 8, the education resource provides a means by which climate change education can be rolled out in the classroom using principles of critical reflection and synergistic and solutions focused thinking.

28 Nov 2014 description

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has ratified an international treaty which enables the country to access a global gene pool of more than 1.6 million plants that belong to the most important food crops.

The Pacific Island nation has become the 132nd Contracting Party to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture through support from the treaty Secretariat, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

25 Nov 2014 description

Samoa's Ministry of Health says the whole of Samoa is now affected by chikungunya.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

24 Nov 2014 description

With a least four major tropical cyclones expected to hit Pacific Island nations this summer, Red Cross is standing ready to help people prepare, respond and recover.

"The risk of tropical cyclones in the region is higher than normal in El Nino years," says Steve Ray, International Emergencies Manager at Australian Red Cross. "We will likely see seven or eight named tropical cyclones in our region, of which at least four are expected to be severe."

21 Nov 2014 description

The global breeding programme for taro (Colocasia esculenta) and cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) is gathering pace. The International Network for Edible Aroids (INEA) is part of the five-year project Adapting clonally propagated crops to climatic and commercial changes funded by the European Union (EU).

19 Nov 2014 description
report Government of Samoa

Over 16 weeks, we have seen a total of 2,556 cases (Attack rate of 13.6 per 1,000)


  • All specimen sent to ILM Tahiti over the past 2 months, have been negative for Zika virus, leptospirosis and dengue on PCR

  • We have now stopped sending specimen for testing to ILM Tahiti due to resources. (Please refer all laboratory queries to Manager TTM hospital)


  • Awareness programs are continuing

  • Peri-focal spraying is continuing, to coincide with the Tuna omission conference.

13 Nov 2014 description

Bangkok, Thailand, 13 Nov 2014 -- A global initiative to improve the way agricultural statistics are compiled at country level has taken another step forward in Asia and the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announced today.

08 Nov 2014 description

Apia, Samoa —Samoa is set to adopt a whole-of-government approach to climate change adaptation through a US$12.3 million initiative, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

07 Nov 2014 description

An earthquake leading to a tsunami in Samoa was the mock ‘disaster’ at the core of a simulation exercise designed to test the roles of national media.

Held on a wet and windy Monday, the simulation exercise was facilitated by the Samoa Disaster Management Office.

04 Nov 2014 description

In this Issue

Featured Stories

  • Helping Save Samoa's Forests: UNDP Administrator and GEF Chief Executive meet a community on the frontline
  • Supporting Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • Photo essays and stories from: Comoros, Fiji, Haiti, Maldives, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Featured Resources

03 Nov 2014 description
report World Bank

Governments of Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, and the Marshall Islands request extension of Successful Regional Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot

31 Oct 2014 description

Reconstruction effort helps those hit by cyclone


31 Oct 2014 description

In this Issue

Featured Stories

  • Supporting Climate Change Adaptation in the Arab States
  • Stories from: Sudan
    Djibouti (1)
    Djibouti (2)

Featured Resources

  • Project Video: Improving Resilience of the Agriculture Sector to Climate Change Impacts in Lao


  • Community-based Coastal Afforestation Project in Bangladesh Receives Award in Global Contest


28 Oct 2014 description

(Suva, 28 October 2014): Humanitarians from across the Pacific have gathered in Suva today to strengthen disaster response and coordination in the region.

More than 120 participants are attending the 7th Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) Regional Meeting from 28-30 October 2014. The annual meeting is organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and brings together over 100 humanitarian partners in the region.

15 Oct 2014 description

What is the true cost of a disaster in human and economic terms and, once we know, what can we do to reduce the burden the next time?