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Disaster Resilient Plan Will Develop Agricultural Sector

Disaster Resilient Plan Will Develop Agricultural Sector
Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development, and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu outside parliament house on May 14,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
May 15
11:20 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture with assistance from the Food and Agriculture Or­ganisation (FAO) is working to improve climate risk identifica­tion and management.

Given that Fiji was listed in a 2014 UN World Risk Report as one of the 15 most exposed countries to natural hazards, the ministry continues to ensure consistent development in the agriculture sector.

Implementing a disaster resil­ient plan where Fiji builds back stronger is a priority in this three-year project.

“Disasters will always be there and will be part of our society, un­fortunately it is something that we cannot avoid. But something we can do – is to prepare well, prepare better for the future,” Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu said.

“Not only in terms of our devel­opment programme, but most im­portantly in post disaster when we deal with recovery as well.”

In order to be effective and cor­rectly identifying the risks that are involved is vital.

“How do we manage the risk – risks can be transferred, risks can be reduced, risks can be mitigated – all risks can be managed – at na­tional, provincial and village lev­els,” Mr Seruiratu said.

In the Paris agreement, under the climate change agenda, the Koronivia Initiative focused on climate smart and climate resil­ient agriculture practices.

The UN has identified that by 2050, we will need to feed an extra 10 billion people on this planet.

Mr Seruiratu was replying to a question posed by Government MP Howard Politini.

Project: Fiji signed a Resilience Project Agreement with the Food and Agricultural Organisation

Aim: Deliver food security Ini­tiatives

Fund: $6.84 million (US$3.3m)

Duration: 2018 – 2020

Edited by Percy Kean


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