WITH the World Bank recording the total damage and loss to Fiji's agriculture sector worth $62million in Tropical Cyclone Evan, the Ministry of Agriculture has strengthened its response to pre-disaster preparedness in an effort to avoid risks of more loss.
Enlisting the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the ministry has turned its attention to implementing the enhancing livelihood recovery through food security in the aftermath of natural disasters in Fiji project.
Funded by the Pacific Risk Resilience Program, the project has been in effect for the past 10 months and implemented by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management, Ministry of National Planning, National Development and Statistics, and the Department of Agriculture.
In the program's latest development, government and private representatives from Nadi, Tavua, Ba and Lautoka were part of a workshop facilitated by UNDP in Nadi.
UNDP democratic governance and resilience building team leader Sainimili Nabou said the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of line ministries, NGOs and those in the private sector.
"The main objective is to strengthen their knowledge base in planning, co-ordination, implementation and monitoring of disaster risk reduction, mitigation and management focusing on food security," she said.
She said UNDP had been implementing such community-based initiatives since 2009 in Fiji where it introduced the Cash for Work program after Cyclone Evan.