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FOOD SECURITY

Baby chicks in a cage
Apia, SAMOA — Baby chicks are arriving at 5 new poultry units in Samoa as part of the Pacific Regional Integrated Food and Security Initiative to COVID-19. "We're hopeful that the new poultry units will further reduce Samoa's reliance on imported meat and generate more benefits for farmers, in...
Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) director, Taotasi Archie Soliai
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At a presentation during last week’s cabinet meeting, local Homeland Security Department (ASDHS) recommended establishment of a government task force or working group to conduct a study and assessment of food security in the territory. ASDHS and local Agriculture...
Amata and James P. McGovern
Washington, D.C. — Uifa’atali Amata spoke Tuesday before the House Committee on Rules in a roundtable on food security to explain American Samoa’s needs regarding food and nutrition. The roundtable was titled, Ending Hunger in America: Examining Hunger in U.S. Territories, and its purpose was to...
Farmer and Samoa Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries staffer
Apia, SAMOA — American Samoa’s land is more mountainous than not and as a result pig farming is more prevalent locally. However, in neighboring Samoa, where flat land is more available, cattle farms, in addition to pig farms are viable sources of income, and are being supported by a government...
A Taro plant.
Canberra, AUSTRALIA — Australian research shows the Covid-19 pandemic could spark a food crisis in the Pacific. The report is the work of CSIRO and the Australian National University. Published this week by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, or ACIAR, the report warns...
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Rep. Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. —  Congresswoman Aumua Amata took part in an effort on Friday led by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and supported by the bipartisan Members of Congress from Hawai‘i and the U.S. Island Territories. Together, these Representatives sent a letter to U.S. House leaders urging them to...
Cans of StarKist tuna
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The governor’s exemption of StarKist Samoa operations and its supporting businesses from the current emergency declaration allows the company’s production to continue and supports US President Donald Trump’s mandate to keep food supply manufacturing in production. This...
On March 18, 2020, President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak putting the administration on a war time status alert. With the underpinning of the DPA to address the corona virus global pandemic, food and water security will be the most...
Dear Editor, Unless the Senators, Faipule’s and DOA Dir. take the farmers emergency crisis more seriously than fa’alifu taro, we can never recover or compete with off island vendors. A budget of $100,000.00 allocated is a drop in the manure bucket. Tropical Storm Gita (2018) destroyed every farm in...
Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government’s food and security commission is gathering additional information and seeking “data” from its public and private partners to complete its report on the security of food and water for American Samoa for submission to the Governor’s Office for review. The...

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