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Food Bank for Disaster Resilience

28614775143_76f42d4859_zThe Food Bank initiative which is designed to assist communities prepare for and recover from disasters, was handed over to the Naviti communities in the Yasawa group of islands in a handover ceremony that was held yesterday in Kese village.

As the name suggests, the Food Bank is the combination of two approaches; food as a basic need for communities to survive on and the bank concept of pooling savings as deposits to prepare for a rainy day.

The initiative was introduced and trialed in Soso and Kese villages by Vinaka Fiji Trust, the charity arm of South Sea Cruises in 2014.

“In the context of the Food Bank initiative in Kese and Soso villages, the approach allows the community members to save or store food crops in preparation for any impending disaster whether it be cyclones or prolonged dry spells”, said Ms. Elenoa Nimacere, Manager Vinaka Fiji Trust.

“Should a disaster pass over without affecting them, the food saved or grown as a result of the food bank is then sold to nearby hotels or markets and the money is deposited in a savings account to then be used for disaster preparedness or recovery.”

Following the interest from the communities and their desire to further develop the food bank, the initiative was then supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through its Pacific Risk Resilience Programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Live and Learn Environmental Education (LLEE).   

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015

This year’s annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report takes stock of progress made towards achieving the internationally established Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) and World Food Summit hunger targets and reflects on what needs to be done, as we transition to the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. The report reviews progress made since 1990 for every country and region as well as for the world as a whole. Continue reading

World food import bill to fall to five-year low, amid hefty commodity supply

A report on agricultural commodity prices released today by the United Nations agricultural agency says that hefty supply levels mean rates will continue to decline despite pressure from a slight reduction in global harvests. “The world food import bill is forecast to reach a five-year low in 2015,” says Food Outlook, a biannual publication by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focusing on developments affecting global food and feed markets. “Currency movements and macroeconomic developments may have important implications for markets again in 2015-16.” Continue reading

FAO Report: Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources

A new FAO publication is aimed at improving conservation of food crops, many of which are crucial to the world’s food and nutrition security. The publication, Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, outlines voluntary, international standards for the many repositories – or genebanks – around the world that store seeds and other materials used to reproduce plants, as well as living plants in the field. Continue reading

Zero Hunger Challenge and the Think. Eat. Save. campaign

Prices at Niger's food markets are spiking in the aftermath of a patchy harvest, causing concern among food security experts that many could soon go hungry. The failed harvest, brought on by drought, has driven prices up. According to the Government of Niger, some 750,000 people are severely food insecure, a number expected to reach one million by early 2012 as the country moves towards its traditional lean season in March and April. In response to the looming food crisis, WFP is aiming to support some 3.3 million people over the coming year with life-saving food assistance. 15 November 2011 Tseidawa, NigerAt the Rio+20 Conference in 2012, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a new initiative, the Zero Hunger Challenge. One billion people do not have enough to eat and the Secretary-General wants to see an end to hunger in his lifetime. In support of this initiative UNEP, FAO and partners launched a Continue reading