“Clash of the Champions” Debate Impact of Technology on Food Security at USP Samoa Campus


The School of Pacific Arts Communication and Education (SPACE) edged out the School of Accounting Finance and Economics (SAFE) in the finale of the “USP – Samoa Campus Debate Series” held on Friday afternoon.

The best speaker award of the day went to Sootino Taungakava of Samoan and Tongan heritage. The Bachelor of Agriculture student captained the winning SPACE team for the final. Other members of her winning side were Eloi Alatimu, Anastasia Toelafoa and Smith Kaituu.

The SAFE team was made up of Faatauvaa Tavita, Richard Narinam, Otto Rheeney and Kerinina Leaupepe.

The topic was, “Technology plays a vital role in the future of food security”.

Speaking to Samoa Global News after the prize giving, USP Samoa Campus Director Tootoooleaava Dr Fanaafi Aiono-Le Tagaloa said members of the finalist teams were made up of the best debaters from the eight rounds of the series.

She said the winning side had argued the negative of the moot statement convincingly.

“We’ve often seen the teams arguing for the statement come through as winners, but today the SPACE team won with their convincing arguments against“.

Dr Fanaafi said the University of the South Pacific, Samoa Campus Debate Series is an initiative of the Student Learning Support Services which is currently a one-woman band, run by Student Learning Specialist, Ms. Niseta Buatava.

The Director thanked the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) for supporting the event as part of the World Food Day 2021 celebrations.

FAO provided World Food Day 2021 t-shirts and tote bags for the participating students.

“We also received support from Samoa Stationery and Books (SSAB) who provided gift vouchers and then our own USP Library also donated prizes..

Tootoooleaava said the debate series is held at the USP Samoa campus at Alafua each year, and it will continue to be part of their annual events.