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PIDF, UN Funding Agency Discuss Assistance To The Pacific

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), Feleti Teo yesterday met Fabrizio Bresciani, the Regional Economist for the Asia/Pacific Division of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
25 Oct 2014 12:00
PIDF, UN Funding Agency Discuss Assistance To The Pacific

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), Feleti Teo yesterday met Fabrizio Bresciani, the Regional Economist for the Asia/Pacific Division of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

They met at the Pacific Islands Development Forum’s secretariat at Domain Road, Nasese, Suva.

They discussed how the IFAD and the PIDF could work collaboratively to assist the Pacific.

A forum’s statement said one of the 10 priorities that the leaders of the Pacific, at their inaugural PIDF Summit last year, directed the PIDF to focus on was the issue of food security.

The leaders, it said, wanted sustainable agricultural and fisheries development that would first meet the needs of our people.

IFAD, a specialised agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in developing countries.

Speaking at the meeting Mr Teo said: “Climate change with its projected sea-level rise is likely to result in significant losses of coastal ecosystems. The risks to agriculture are among the most urgent to be addressed. Most food in the Pacific is produced by smallholder farmers who are dependent on rainfall patterns. We need to find new solutions to enhance the adaptive capacity of our rural populations, protect ecosystems and mitigate the effects of climate change.”

He said the UN Environment Programme, in its latest assessment of the Pacific, said that the prospect of environmentally sound, socially inclusive growth was best addressed when island economies adopt green-blue economic policies.

Added to that are lower levels of indebtedness, transparent financial systems, food security and enhanced disaster preparedness.

This, he said, was the approach the PIDF had been tasked  with to bring to the Pacific. They were pleased, he said, to discuss yesterday how they could do all this with the support of IFAD.

ana.sovaraki@fijisun.com.fj

 

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