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South Pacific Business Development Fiji has launched its TC Yasa Rehabilitation Loan Programme, with 361 loans totalling $1.22 million processed in the

Dennis Rounds

Things fall apart

I was only two years old when Nigerian author Chinua Achebe published his novel, Things Fall Apart, in 1958. Achebe’s novel focused


The art of listening

At the celebration of Sir Michael Somare’s life at Suva’s Sacred Heart cathedral this month, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong spoke about the


Farewell to the Chief

After three weeks of mourning, Papua New Guinea’ founding father, Sir Michael Somare, was laid to rest at Kreer Heights in Wewak,


Tuvalu’s digital ambitions

Tuvalu has become the first country in the world to choose Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) blockchain to help it migrate to a


Mountains of hydro trouble

Mountain communities  in Fiji are thwarting plans by the country’s power monopoly to build a multi-million hydro power plant. The people of


Pacific farmers have their say

Were you one of the many Pacific Islanders who spent the first few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic with soil under your


Minoru Nishi on business during COVID

For farmers and producers like Tonga’s Minoru Nishi, Managing Director of Nishi Trading Company, COVID-19 has been a double-edged hoe. “Our exports


Local produce, local menus

When 116 farmers in Fiji’s western division received ‘Cash for Cultivation’ from the government, Agriculture Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy told them: “We


From tree to bar to table

Kokomana is a small artisan ‘tree-to-bar’ chocolate maker and social enterprise run by Richard and Anne Markham in Savusavu, northern Fiji. The