The Ministry of Agriculture with assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is working to improve climate risk identification and management.
Given that Fiji was listed in a 2014 UN World Risk Report as one of the 15 most exposed countries to natural hazards, the ministry continues to ensure consistent development in the agriculture sector.
Implementing a disaster resilient plan where Fiji builds back stronger is a priority in this three-year project.
“Disasters will always be there and will be part of our society, unfortunately it is something that we cannot avoid. But something we can do – is to prepare well, prepare better for the future,” Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu said.
“Not only in terms of our development programme, but most importantly in post disaster when we deal with recovery as well.”
In order to be effective and correctly identifying the risks that are involved is vital.
“How do we manage the risk – risks can be transferred, risks can be reduced, risks can be mitigated – all risks can be managed – at national, provincial and village levels,” Mr Seruiratu said.
In the Paris agreement, under the climate change agenda, the Koronivia Initiative focused on climate smart and climate resilient agriculture practices.
The UN has identified that by 2050, we will need to feed an extra 10 billion people on this planet.
Mr Seruiratu was replying to a question posed by Government MP Howard Politini.
Project: Fiji signed a Resilience Project Agreement with the Food and Agricultural Organisation
Aim: Deliver food security Initiatives
Fund: $6.84 million (US$3.3m)
Duration: 2018 – 2020