Six Fijian initiatives win grants from UNDP

Social media online initiative Barter for Better Fiji is among the recipients of the UNDP grant. Picture: BFBF/FACEBOOK

Six initiatives in Fiji have won $22,000 grants from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

This is under the Pacific Response: Sustainable Livelihoods Challenge that was launched on April 24 and ended on Friday, May 22.

The six Fiji winners have innovative social impact projects:

  • Barter for Better Fiji in collaboration with The Greenhouse Studio – Online barter platform;
  • Green Thumb – Model farm in the Western Division;
  • Rise Beyond the Reef – Economic empowerment for women in rural communities;
  • Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development (FRIEND) – Incubator and seed fund for start-ups by those losing their source of income;
  • Smart Farms Fiji – Home-based hydroponic farming kits (supported by UNDP Accelerator Lab Pacific);
  • Pacific Blue Foundation – School farm in Beqa Island (supported by UNDP Accelerator Lab Pacific).

The selected projects will work towards reducing the negative effects that the pandemic has on communities, specifically issues such as unemployment, the volatile economic situation affecting small & microenterprises, and food security.

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