Fiji is facing climate change impacts, especially the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme events such as flooding, cyclones, and droughts. Over the past three years, Fiji has encountered three major floods and two cyclones that devastated towns, farms, and the livelihoods of thousands of families -- especially in the west and north of Fiji. Given Fiji’s dependency on agriculture, the health and economy of Fijians is greatly affected when extreme events occur especially with increasing frequency and intensity.
Moreover, with a changing climate causing unpredictability of temperatures and rainfall patterns, farmers become frustrated and tend to adopt bad practices to continuously meet market demands. Adoption of bad agricultural practices then aggravates the impacts of climate change on the environment.
This project focuses on adaptation measures that improve food security, particularly through good agricultural practices and organic farming methods. Project interventions revive traditional methods of farming, harvesting, and storing food to ensure supply of healthy meals even during extreme climate conditions. These traditional practices have sustained past generations before the advent of food processing, manufacturing, and trade in Fiji. The project will promote co-benefits including improved livelihood, healthier food options, improved governance practices, and improved social cohesion.
Direct beneficiaries of this project include 200 farmers from the eight communities selected from the west and north of Fiji. Lessons learned will be shared for the benefit of other communities in Fiji.
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