Drought, ocean acidification, and severe storms—the most immediate climate risks affecting the Federated States of Micronesia—have direct impacts on food security and health in Chuuk State. Long-term climate hazards, including changes in rainfall and temperature patterns, will also affect access to local nutritious food. As a result, there will be an increased reliance on imported processed food. The decline of traditional Chuukese livelihood practices, such as gardening and other food production, may ultimately impact the ability of the Chuukese people to sustain their economic livelihoods, traditional customs, and native language.
This project mitigates the impacts of climate change by strengthening the capacity of families and school communities to grow nutritious food. This will be achieved through the establishment of community nurseries, as well as home and school gardens. In addition, a new school curriculum will focus on gardening, food production, and nutrition. This curriculum complements the community and home gardens, while providing students, teachers, and their families with new tools for adapting to climate change.
Food security is further improved through the project’s focus on food systems (i.e., the knowledge, production, processing, distribution, preparation, and consumption of food). The project incorporates traditional gardening and food production knowledge, with community liaisons serving as mentors for the home and school garden programs.
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