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Resilient farmers

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, August 30, 2014

KOROCIRI Multiracial Women's Group of Nadi is one of a number of communities in the Western Division that has successfully implemented a farming program that aims to assist communities become resilient to natural disasters.

Implemented by the Ministry of Primary Industries and the Ministry of Finance and Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics, enhancing livelihood recovery through improving food security in the aftermath of natural disasters has allowed the Nadi community to cultivate and harvest a variety of vegetables on a 1.5 acre land.

Supported by the UN Development Program Fiji Multi-Country office, the program has also supported 38 community groups of women, youths and co-operatives.

Korociri Multiracial Women's Group head Iva Vakacegu said their farm boasted an array of crops and vegetables now ready for harvest.

"We have already harvested and sold vegetables and crops within our community," she said.

"We had a profit of $88 and saved it in our new group savings account."

She added to prepare their community for future disasters, the group planned to give clothes and stationery to affected children and towards the evacuation centre being built in Korociri.

The group has also secured another acre of land, situated uphill from the existing plot to plant climate resilient root crops including yam, cassava and taro.

"This will ensure our community will be self-sufficient and self-sustainable even after any disaster," said Ms Vakacegu.

"The group will not only be 'self-sufficient' but also extending their successes to other community members."

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