The wealth of the natural resources of Solomon Islands demands comprehensive research and innovation to manage it wisely and sustainably. The Faculty of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (FAFF) are committed to training future professionals to develop the needed capacity to fulfill such needs, through the fields of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and environmental studies.
At the Faculty of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, we are committed to developing and educating students who will make a difference in the important sectors of the national economy and contribute to the improvement of people’s livelihood. Research directed at increasing crop yield, pest and disease control, production of livestock and fisheries, etc. at a sustainable level is the priority. Simultaneously, biodiversity conservation, rehabilitation of degraded areas, and reforestation remain the focus of students’ training.
The Faculty enrolls over 650 students every year in its various higher education programmes, and works closely with stakeholders to ensure that programme content is relevant to the needs of Solomon Islands and the Pacific. We also work closely with the industry, non-government organizations and international universities and organisations in the region.
Currently, Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor programs are offered in the field of Agriculture and Fisheries; and Certificate and Diploma programs in the field of Environment and Forestry studies. Plans to develop bachelor level courses in Environment and Forestry are underway. FAFF is committed to taking a leading role in higher education among countries within the South Pacific region in the near future.
The faculty comprises four departments.
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Forestry
- Department of Fisheries
- Department of Environment Science
Dean of Faculty
The Dean, Professor (Dr.) Prem Rai.
Professor Prem Rai (BSc, MSc, PhD) is the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Before taking leadership as Dean in 2017, he had served at two other Universities, as Professor at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea. He was educated in India, and in the United Kingdom. Dr. Rai is a Fellow of Linnean Society (FLS), London and Chartered Biologist, and Member of Institute of Biology (CBiol, MIBiol) London. In his academic career spanning over 38 years, he published over ninety (97) research papers, and written a number of scientific and technical books including Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea, published by the World Health Organisation.