Fi­jian farmer to re­ceive FAO award for lead­er­ship

Al­fred John Saya­ham of Labasa has been nom­i­nated in recog­ni­tion of his com­mit­ment to prac­tic­ing Sus­tain­able Land Man­age­ment tech­nolo­gies for his farm in Siberia

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AFi­jian farmer has been nom­i­nated for a Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion (FAO) Award which he will re­ceive in Thai­land this week. Al­fred John Saya­ham, a farmer from Labasa, has been nom­i­nated in recog­ni­tion of his com­mit­ment to prac­tic­ing Sus­tain­able Land Man­age­ment (SLM) tech­nolo­gies. He sup­ports and shares knowl­edge of build­ing re­silience to cli­mate change to other com­mu­ni­ties within the pe­riph­eral, and to en­sure the adop­tion of SLM to all land users in Siberia, Labasa. Mr Saya­ham will re­ceive a “Model Farmer” award along with oth­ers from Mon­go­lia, Pak­istan, Thai­land and Viet­nam to mark FAO’s an­nual World Food Day (WFD) cel­e­bra­tions in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

He will join the World Food Day cel­e­bra­tions in Bangkok where he will be pre­sented an award by Princess Maha Chakri Sirind­horn of Thai­land. Mr Saya­ham be­lieves peo­ple have an obli­ga­tion to care for the land that has taken care of them for gen­er­a­tions. He keeps the soil healthy by us­ing farm­ing tech­niques like in­ter­crop­ping and plant­ing on slopes.

He is also part of the Siberia Land Care Com­mit­tee – a group of farm­ers es­tab­lished with the sup­port of the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture. The com­mit­tee ded­i­cates their ex­pe­ri­ence to sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties to over­see proper land man­age­ment prac­tices to con­serve land from degra­da­tion.

World Food Day

Cli­mate change is likely to ad­versely af­fect food pro­duc­tion and there is recog­ni­tion that more ef­fort is needed to tackle the ad­verse ef­fects of cli­mate change on food pro­duc­tion.

This is par­tic­u­larly true for small is­land de­vel­op­ing states in the Pa­cific which are some of the most vul­ner­a­ble coun­tries when it comes to cli­mate change. World Food Day is cel­e­brated in over 150

coun­tries across the world and is one of the most cel­e­brated days of the UN cal­en­dar. The theme for World Food Day 2016 is Cli­mate is chang­ing; food and agri­cul­ture must too. The UN FAO’s Re­gional Of­fice for Asia and Pa­cific will cel­e­brate World Food Day on Oc­to­ber 17. The theme res­onates with the cru­cial time in which it will be ob­served, just be­fore the next UN Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence, COP 22, from Novem­ber 7 to 18 in Mar­rakech, Morocco.

Fiji was the first coun­try to sign the Paris Agree­ment on Cli­mate Change in 2015.

Al­fred John Saya­ham, a farmer in Labasa, has been nom­i­nated for a Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion (FAO) Award which he will re­ceive in Thai­land this week

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