Information, Communications & Extension

The ICE thematic group contributes to achieving LRD objectives of improving food security and well-being of member countries by promoting innovative extension approaches to communicate information and promote new technologies for the sustainable management of agricultural and forest resources.
 

Multi-stakeholder partnerships addressing food security in Pacific Small Islands Developing States and sharing lessons with other SIDS regions
Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:10

The right to adequate and safe food is a fundamental human right affirmed by the UN and recognized in various international and regional human right treaties. Currently, however, Small Island Developing States home to over 30 million people, face many challenges to achieve this basic human right stemming from their small physical size, narrow range of resources, fragility of island ecosystems, isolation from main markets, predominant dependence on international trade, high transport and communication costs and population pressures.

In addition, the region’s vast coastal and marine resources are fundamental to the diets, cultures and livelihood systems of the Pacific islands. Most fish consumed by rural people comes from subsistence fishing and to maintain the recommended per capita consumption of 35kg/person/year for the growing population would require another 115,000 tons of fish per annum in 20 years’ time. However, studies by SPC have indicated that most fisheries resources will not be able to provide the additional fish needs. This indicates that sustaining productivity of fisheries resources will be critically challenging to maintain contribution of marine resources to FNS of SIDS.

Climate change, frequent natural calamities and unsustainable agricultural practices are of special concern to small islands because of fragile environments and limited scale of agriculture. Community based vulnerability assessments conducted by SPC have shown that food production systems are highly vulnerable to climate change and variability. These studies have indicated that behavior of traditional crops and animals are changing contributing to declining productivity of food production systems. In the atoll countries/communities, staple food crop the giant swamp taro is being impacted by salt water intrusion threatening food security in these communities. The same studies also show that adaptive capacities of many of these communities are very low in terms of financial, natural, human and physical capitals.

These challenges and issues have multidimensional impacts on food and nutritional security for many Pacific communities. Thus, in order to improve food security for SIDS, investments/interventions need to be directed toward improving food availability, food access, food utilization and stability of food supply systems in the Pacific.

The side event, organized jointly by Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Samoa brings together Pacific expertise to:

 

  • discuss the common threats to food and nutrition security in the Pacific in the context of the wider  SIDS community;
  • engage participants from SIDS regions to share experiences and approaches to policies, programs, research, institutions and investments in  food and nutrition security;
  • engage discussions with  SIDS stakeholders on opportunities  for action by different sectors and different regions;
  • provide a platform for enhanced discussions and cooperation amongst SIDS stakeholders to form a coalition on food and nutrition security, and bring attention to the global arena.

The side event is open to all SIDS and most beneficial to policymakers, NGOs, the private sector, educators, researchers operating at all levels. In the side event programme, 45minutes will be allocated for panel presentations by various speakers and 45minutes for open interactive discussions. There will Prizes/Gifts available at the presentation. 

Please find the link to the SPC - SIDS event flyer.

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ICELRD’s core business is to improve the food and nutritional security of the Pacific Community through the sustainable management and development of land, agriculture and forestry resources. This is accomplished through the delivery of technical support, training and advice to our member country governments in the areas of plant protection, conservation and use of plant genetic resources, animal health and production, agroforestry, sustainable systems for agriculture, forestry and land management, and biosecurity and trade facilitation.

The Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services (HOAFS) is the leading regional body providing guidance to LRD work plans. The biannual HOAFS Meeting endorses LRD work plans and budget. The office of the LRD Executive acts as the Secretariat for HOAFS.