The 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).
Port Moresby, August 26, 2016 – The Department for Community Development and Religion and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Papua New Guinea organized a final conference to review the work on gender-based violence and discuss future steps.
The conference brought together more than 50 government officials, including representatives from four provincial governments, human right defenders, business and civil society representatives and development partners.
The discussions focused on the recently developed National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) as the commitment of the Government to achieve its target of zero tolerance towards GBV. Government officials from 3 pilot provinces (Milne Bay, Morobe, East New Britain) and the National Capital District, along with Human Rights Defenders, shared their achievements, challenges, and suggestions for a stronger cooperation and mutually enhancing interventions to address the GBV epidemic.
Funafuti, Tuvalu: Coastal fishery stocks have sustained island communities for generations in Tuvalu but is under increasing pressure due to the impacts of climate change and unsustainable fishing practices.
An assessment conducted by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Tuvalu Department of Fishery in 2013, found that important fish species and sea cucumbers in Funafuti waters had decreased. About 83% of respondents claimed they felt their catches had decreased compared to five years ago and 67% of respondents claimed sizes of fish had decrease compared to five years ago.
Semese Alefaio, a fisherman of over 30 years said, “There’s been a distinctive reduction in the availability of fish, turtles and clams over the years. Nowadays, we have to go further out to sea and spend more time to fetch a decent catch.” Continue reading →
Lautoka, Fiji – Twenty legal, trade and health department representatives from across the Pacific are in Fiji this week to examine the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) burden in the region and the role of the law in preventing and controlling NCDs, particularly in the context of developing coherence between health, trade and investment laws, policies and sectors.
The Law, NCD, Trade and Sustainable Development workshop, a first for the region, is jointly organized by the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji, World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Pacific Community (SPC) with support from the Government of Australia.
Heart disease, cancers, lung disease and diabetes are the leading causes of death in the Pacific region with most Pacific Islands countries losing their productive citizens to NCDs.
Small-scale natural disasters such as flash floods and landslides have the potential to cumulatively impact communities harder over the course of years – yet they receive far less attention as compared to major disasters. To improve the situation, there is a need to put in place a good information system for disasters, says a United Nations (UN) Disaster Information expert. Continue reading →
Remarks by the UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Haoliang Xu
Bula vinaka and a very good afternoon to you all. I am delighted to be here to join you all in this momentous occasion and celebration of the opening of the newly established UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji. We are especially pleased to open this new office this year, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of UNDP.
The office started operations in Fiji in April 2016 and is a consolidation of the former UNDP Fiji Multi-Country Office and Pacific Center into one office. The establishment of the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji is aimed at ensuring that UNDP in the Pacific is ‘fit for purpose’ and ready to take on a new level of collaboration and partnership with the people and Governments of the Pacific to deliver on the Small Island States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other Pacific related development agendas.
It has been said that ‘you are only as good as your last success.’ As the United Nations Development Programme marks its 50th anniversary at the end of this month, we are forging ahead in that spirit, and not resting on our achievements. But the incredible results we have accomplished across the world and especially in Asia and the Pacific are testimonials of an organization dedicated to the best in development. Continue reading →