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Building resilient communities through disaster risk reduction training

Sixteen people from the community of Koroiyaca in Fiji were specially selected by their village to take part in disaster risk reduction training provided by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) together with Act for Peace (AfP) and the Ba Provincial Council.  Koroiyaca is located in the lower catchment of Sabeto, Nadi, and sits in a flood plain so is vulnerable to flooding, cyclones and other natural disasters.

The training is part of an integrated approach to building resilience in selected communities in six countries under the Vegetation and Land Cover Mapping and Improving Food Security for Building Resilience to a Changing Climate in Pacific Island Communities project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Nagado nursery training

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has teamed up with the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests to establish a nursery in Nagado, Fiji, to help families raise vegetables, crops and trees in their home gardens. This project will help provide a more diverse diet to improve family nutrition and also open up new economic opportunities as community members can sell vegetable products in nearby markets.

To help maximise the benefit to the village, SPC provided a nursery training session for the Nagado community on 27 June 2013. The training was provided through SPC’s Vegetation and Land Cover Mapping and Improving Food Security for Building Resilience to a Changing Climate in Pacific Island Communities project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Nagado is a farming community located in the Vaturu district in Nadi, where there are few economic opportunities in agriculture and many of the farming methods used are not sustainable. In addition, family nutrition is poor and unvaried, which leads to other health problems. The need for new economic opportunities and better nutrition in Nagado was identified during a recently conducted participatory rural appraisal.

Community vegetable gardening, together with agroforestry practices, has been one of the climate change and food security adaptation interventions identified to supplement food sources for many low-income people in the Sabeto catchment, the USAID project site for Fiji. Community vegetable gardening also teaches young children that food is not a product of the supermarket, but the result of tilling and nurturing the soil. The project aims to enhance the living conditions in Nagado by not only improving nutrition, but also augmenting family income.

Challenging the perception among Pacific youths that farming is not a worthy career

The knowledge-sharing forum Pacific Solution Exchange (PSE) is moderating the e-discussion on behalf of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Land Resources Division (LRD). SPC-LRD has asked for the time extension to glean more ideas from people across the Pacific on ways to better support young farmers and overcome the perception farming is a job for ‘early school leavers’ and not a career.

Ms Maria Elder-Ratutokarua and Miriama Kunawave Brown of SPC-LRD in Suva said the great response to the e-discussion is providing plenty of feedback and also raising awareness of this important issue. The responses will help SPC-LRD document and share relevant lessons learned, experiences and case studies.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the European Union announce the signing of the Pacific Agriculture Policy Project

Today, the European Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) announce the signing of a new FJD 20 million (€8.6 million) European Union-funded regional project – the Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP) – to be implemented by SPC’s Land Resources Division (LRD).

This four-year project will be implemented across the 15 Pacific ACP countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

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