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Food security project to benefit 3512 people

Vishaal Kumar
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

THE Save the Children (SC) Fiji Knowledge and Action in Agriculture and Food Security (KANA) project is expected to benefit as many as 3512 people living in Ra and Koro Island.

SC Fiji chief executive officer Iris McKenzie said a value chain analysis and a baseline survey had been conducted in both Ra and Koro Island since the first week of December last year.

Ms McKenzie said the baseline study was done for setting benchmarks for future design, monitoring and evaluating and providing data to formulate a revised results measurement table (RMT).

"The overall objective of this baseline survey was to provide an in-depth understanding on the types of subsistence and commercial agriculture practices exist in these communities, specifically highlighting the types of crops grown, family income per household and type of food consumed by families."

She said one of the outputs of the project was to develop commercial and subsistence agriculture that was resilient and reliable, provided food security and family income.

"Reliable and resilient income for families will improve outcomes for children (including education, nutrition and health), and provide a safety net against future disasters," she said.

"The second output focuses on strengthening community development committees (CDCs) to plan and implement disaster resilience initiatives and incorporate disaster risk management plans into their community development plans (CDPs).

"The third output focuses promotion of food security, food storage and nutritious eating implemented through schools, children, parents and vendors.

"The activity will link the growing of food for both income and food security, to healthy and safe food sources for children, and their communities.

"This will be promoted through nutrition in schools and community workshops to ensure that farmers can provide healthy food for schools and families, vendors provide the right food to schools, and the right sorts of food are being consumed."

She mentioned that SC Fiji would work with 20 rural communities and in 12 schools in the coastal areas of Ra and Cawa and Mudu districts of Koro Island.

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