Main photo: Limu planting in Faga, Savaii under the COVID-19 Preparedness and Recovery: Diversification of the Economic Sector in Samoa (CPRDESS) Project. Project Coordinator, Tupe Crawley-Lemisio (in the foreground) joins Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries staff during the first limu planting activity in September.

Turning a local delicacy into a commercial venture

Limu is a local delicacy that can be savoured in a variety of ways with different accompaniments, but most enjoy it simply with yams cooked in coconut cream. Photo: UNDP Samoa/L. Lesa

Limu (Caulerpa racemosa) is a nutritious seaweed that grows in shallow waters. It has enormous export potential. With support from the Government of Japan, the Government of Samoa via the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries and UNDP are exploring its cultivation in 20 villages around Samoa to generate income, particularly for women and youth, as we #BuildForwardBetter from COVID.

This is part of the COVID-19 Preparedness and Recovery: Diversification of the Economic Sector in Samoa (CPRDESS) Project.


Youth entrepreneurs learn about business integrity

Train them while they are young: Youth entrepreneurs from the Asau area in Savaii, Samoa at a business integrity training that was held specifically for youth entrepreneurs regarding best business practices to prevent corruption. Photo: UNDP Samoa/L. Lesa

Samoan young entrepreneurs, in a series of trainings starting from Savai’i, are exploring the role they can play in strengthening ethics, internal business control mechanisms and compliance in their local businesses.

This is part of the joint United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project - a unique partnership to prevent and fight corruption in 14 Pacific Island countries including Samoa.


Small Grants Programme: Making an impact where it counts

The sub-village of Luua in Faga, Savaii has a marine conservation project that covers 10 acres. It is one of many villages in Samoa that have directly benefitted from the GEF SGP. Here's a look at how the GEF SGP is making a difference in the lives of other villages across the country.


Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa & Tokelau prepare for Multidimensional Poverty Index

Participants from Samoa who virtually joined colleagues in the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau on a series of trainings on the Multidimensional Poverty Index, under the Social Protection (SP) joint programme. SP Project Coordinator, Quandolita Reid-Enari (2nd from right) facilitated the trainings. Photo: UNDP Samoa/L. Lesa

The Samoa Bureau of Statistics (SBS) and other key counterparts in Samoa, the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau are undergoing virtual trainings on how their island nations can establish and formulate their own Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).


Renewable Energy efforts in Samoa boosted by launch of new biogas system

Light it up: This stove uses gas produced from the biogas system. Photo: IMPRESS Project/R. Setu

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has officially launched one of its five Community Biogas Systems at the Methodist Land Development - Ofisa I Faleula, under the Improving the Performance and Reliability of Renewable Energy Power Systems in Samoa (IMPRESS) Project.


Voices from the Shadows: Raising awareness about Albinism in Samoa through the Spotlight Initiative

These young ladies are three of about 300 people living with albinism in Samoa. Their plight is highlighted in the Voices from the Shadows campaign which shines a spotlight on their lived experiences and the challenges they face. Photo: Clarence Sebastian Foundation
"The title of the programme - Voices from the Shadows - indicate how young people with albinism, especially females, feel in Samoa. They stay in the "shadows" because the sun is injurious to their skin. But they also stay in the shadows because they are the subject of ridicule and scorn." - Rev. Siaosi Salesulu, Chairman, Clarence Sebastian Foundation for people with albinism.


BLOG: Being digitally inclusive in hybrid workplaces

A typical meeting at the UNDP Office now comprises of in-person and virtual participants as COVID has made workplaces and meetings more and more hybrid. Photo: UNDP Samoa/J. Fakaua

COVID-related lockdowns & travel restrictions have made workplaces and meetings increasingly hybrid - some attend in person, others virtually. This mix can work well if certain ground rules are established and followed by all involved.

The UNDP Samoa Accelerator Lab has compiled a list of best practices for making hybrid workplaces more inclusive and participatory.


Training the next generation of koko farmers – one district at a time

Young koko farmers from the Asau district with trainer, Alo Kolone Vaai, at his Vaisala koko plantation. Samoan koko has become a coveted product worldwide and has already been sourced for chocolate production in New Zealand and other countries. Photo: Samoa Chamber of Commerce

Forty koko (cacao) farmers from the Asau and Faasaleleaga districts participated in the Youth Koko Initiative Training Workshop in Savaii in August under the COVID-19 Preparedness and Recovery: Diversification of the Economic Sector in Samoa (CPRDESS) Project.


GEF 7 Project nears finalization

The validation workshop for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) 7 Project to Enhance Integrated Sustainable Management to Safeguard Samoa's Natural Resources was held earlier in September, bringing together all relevant stakeholders.

This is a GEF requirement and a significant step in the Project Preparation Grant phase to ensure a consultative approach is followed throughout the development of the project document.

The GEF 7 Project aims to enhance integrated sustainable management to safeguard Samoa's natural resources.

The project will address the negative impacts of Invasive Alien Species on native biodiversity, food production systems & water supplies.

Women entrepreneurs meet to strengthen ethics and compliance

Samoan women entrepreneurs share their experiences in strengthening internal business control mechanisms, ethics and compliance in women-owned/managed businesses. Photo: UNDP Samoa/L. Lesa
“This initiative in Samoa is part of our commitment to making gender equality a reality. Women's empowerment and gender equality, including efforts to prevent corruption and promote business integrity in the Pacific, are vital to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals,” - Regional UNDP Anti-Corruption Adviser, Sonja Stefanovska-Trajanoska.


'The Bag That Builds' extends partnership in Circular Economy for waste

(l-r) Marina Orruella Monteoliva, Monty Jefferson of UNDP, with Tise Fauolo Siaosi, British High Commission, Ian Richards, Acting British High Commissioner to Samoa, Verena Linneweber, UNDP Officer in Charge, Anne Trevor of UNDP, and Amituanai Lameko Asora, Project Coordinator, CERO Waste Programme. Photo: UNDP Samoa/T. Mauga

A waste collection system and educational programme known as 'The Bag that Builds' provides an avenue for the British High Commission in Samoa to continue its partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to involve schools in waste management efforts.


Growing interest in koko farming amongst youth

Pruning and grafting koko are some of the critical skills these young koko farmers are receiving as part of continuous trainings under the COVID-19 Preparedness and Recovery: Diversification of the Economic Sector in Samoa (CPRDESS) Project. Photo: CPRDESS Project

Koko farming has seen a resurgence amongst local youths thanks to continuous, targeted trainings for young farmers in the industry.

“I learnt in this programme that there is more to koko Samoa than the hot brew that we are used to. I learnt that koko Samoa is a highly valued product in overseas markets, used to make products such as chocolate, cocoa butter, Vaseline, etc. Samoa was once a highly sought-after market for premium koko and now seeing the potential of Samoa’s koko industry has been very encouraging for me as a new farmer,” said Esther Eti, a new koko farmer from Lepa.


Blog: We are the first generation that has the power to make both people and planet thrive

UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner. Photo: UNDP
"Significant, urgent, and decisive reductions in emissions would limit the impacts of climate change. We are the last generation who can get the world on track. We are also the first generation that can pioneer a new way for people and planet to thrive, together."


Staff Corner

Staff Activities this Quarter: UN Staff Association Raffle Draw; Samoa College Career Day; UNSA Mental Health Awareness exercise; Fathers Day lunch.

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