Vanuatu to play leading role in standardisation and commercialisation of kava worldwide

kava shell

Kava is already a major domestic and export commodity for Vanuatu – and standardising it will likely see trade benefits for Vanuatu’s commercial kava producers

The FAO’s Codex Alimentarius Commission conference in Port Vila late Tuesday authorised new work for the establishment and development of new standards for kava as a beverage when mixed with water.

Representatives from Canada and the United States along with Australia and New Zealand, and many island countries, were in agreement. Based on the extent of the work already achieved by Vanuatu, they agreed that Read the rest of this entry »


Acting PM opens Codex Alimentarius regional meeting on food safety and quality

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's Codex Alimentarius regional meetings opened this week in  Port Vila. Photo: FAO

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Codex Alimentarius regional meetings about food safety and quality opened this week in Port Vila. Photo: FAO

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Govt’s National Kava Strategy sets standards, prioritises kava as export crop

Kava plants. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Forest & Kim Starr

Government is making kava become a priority so that Vanuatu can benefit better financially from its endemic euphoric. This was clearly stated by Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu wins award from FAO for its fight against illegal fishing; Chamber of Commerce calls for higher VAT rate

Moana Matariki of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the EU Roy Mickey Joy and his wife Shirley with the FAO award

Moana Matariki of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the EU Roy Mickey Joy and wife Shirley at the FAO award ceremony in Rome, Italy. Photo: supplied

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New Attorney General appointed; new Mystery Island jetty opened; Codex Alimentarius meeting for Vila

The new pier at Mystery Island (Inyeug) is officially opened. Photo: John Salong

The new jetty at Mystery Island (Inyeug) is officially opened, replacing the two lost during Cyclone Pam. Photo: John Salong

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Runway renovations end Monday; Bribery MPs lose appeal, ineligible for 10 years; free seeds

A bonus after Cyclone Pam and this year's El Niño: free seeds to be given out next week in Port Vila. Photo: FAO

A boon for food security after Cyclone Pam and this year’s El Niño: free seeds to be given out next week in Port Vila. Photo: FAO

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Illegal gratuities to bribery MPs, municipality under investigation; no Zika cases in Vanuatu

Howard Aru

Also: Vanuatu to host first-ever Pacific Week of Agriculture, says DG Min. Agriculture, Howard Aru. Photo: CTA ACP-EU

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