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Integrated Approaches Needed To Address Agricultural Vulnerability

Integrated and shared approaches to agricultural related trade or border practices must be considered to address the impacts of climate change on biosecurity and food security in Pacific Island countries.
25 Jan 2019 12:23
Integrated Approaches Needed To Address Agricultural Vulnerability
Participants at the four-day Plant Health Clinic (PHC) training that was held at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Seaqaqa Research Station, having a discussion during a plant inspection.

Integrated and shared approaches to agricultural related trade or border practices must be considered to address the impacts of climate change on biosecurity and food security in Pacific Island countries.

This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture David Kolitagane while opening the Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) titled ‘Strengthening Capacities to address Climate Change Impact on Biosecurity and Food Security in Fiji, Samoa and the Solomon Islands’ in Suva earlier this week.

“This first technical meeting aims to look at capacities to exchange views and compare methodologies for scenario construction to address climate change impacts on biosecurity and food security.

“Pacific Island countries are highly vulnerable to climate change effects and it is important to consider an integrated and shared approach to our agricultural and related trade or border practices and processes,” said Mr. Kolitagane.

“The impact of climate change in the Pacific is becoming a huge challenge for nearly all agencies in Government,” he added.

Mr. Kolitagane also acknowledged that the project, which would focus on climate change impacts on biosecurity and food security, was being implemented at a critical time.

“The climate-smart agriculture (CSA) component is designed to help develop the technical capacity, policy and investment conditions to achieve sustainable agricultural development for food security in the context of climate change.”

“This is a huge and complex responsibility; it requires forward-looking, big and total solutions. Not partial or slow, not little and certainly not in pieces. We need total and complete solutions to achieve sustainable agricultural development.

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