To reduce the vulnerabilities of 50 Samoan villages to the negative impacts of climate change through the application of climate-smart, sustainable agriculture and the management of organic agriculture cooperatives.
Samoa is a volcanic mountainous island state where traditional culture is the foundation for social and political life, and where the total population of 200,000 resides in 382 villages headed by titled chiefs. According to the 2014 report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Samoa is among the ten Pacific nations most vulnerable to climate change. Major changes predicted in the short term include an increase in rainfall and extreme rainfall events, which will negatively impact crop production, and thus food security; and an increase in the intensity of cyclones, which will affect people’s safety and shelter.
With a grant from the Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM), Matuaileoo Environment Trust, Inc. (METI) will assist 50 Samoan villages to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Its multi-faceted project will include integrated training in climate-smart sustainable agriculture and healthy living through whole foods and plant-based nutrition. This will be implemented through a culturally sensitive program that includes training for taiala (Samoan for “path-breakers”), who are village residents enlisted to serve as frontline health, education, and sustainable development workers.
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