NARI in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation EU-ACP (CTA), the National Research Institute (NRI), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL
The Pacific islands are facing a number of region-wide challenges, including the effects of climate change, degradation of ecosystems due to unsustainable use of both land and marine resources, and the need to generate livelihoods to maintain populations in the islands. Increased consumption of imported, highly refined foods, accompanied by decreased local food production and consumption, is also having serious effects on the health of island populations.
A senior research scientist and member of the executive management Dr Sergie Bang has been appointed as the new Director General of NARI. Chairman of NARI Council Dr John Kola made the announcement to staff and stakeholders following the appointment by the National Executive Council on December 5 2013.
NARI and the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on partnership and collaboration for enhanced agricultural research for development in Papua New Guinea and the Republic of Fiji. The MOU was signed by NARI Director General Dr Raghunath Ghodake and Fiji Agriculture Minister Hon Inia Seruiratu, on behalf of the two organizations, at the NARI headquarter in Lae on December 2 2013.
NARI’s Keravat station in East New Britain has a new office complex, laboratory and allied facilities; plus a galip nut processing factory; following their commissioning on November 29 2013 during a mega event which also coincided with the 85th Anniversary of this oldest research station in Papua New Guinea.