Enhancing Livelihood Recovery through Food Security in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters in Fiji

Project Summary

The agriculture sector has experienced massive financial losses due to floods and cyclones over the past 5 years (dating back to 2008). Based on current prices, the Fiji Bureau of Statistics estimates a 27% decline in total agriculture output from 2007 till 2010. With the sector showing signs of recovery through increase in overall output in 2011, it was dealt a severe blow in 2012.

Firstly, the industry, particularly in the Western Parts of Fiji, was decimated through the two floods in January and April 2012. Further recovery was also impacted by Tropical Cyclone Evans which caused infrastructure and agricultural damages to the 3 provinces in the Western Division (Nadroga, Ba and Rakiraki). The correlation between a thriving and prosperous agriculture industry to improved standards of living for all citizens is an issue which needs to be further explored.

This is particularly important for those dependent on the sector for their livelihoods but also those that are indirectly linked such as consumers. Abundance of food supplies allows families, particularly in the low-income bracket, to meet essential needs within their meager budgets thus allowing for surplus or disposable income to be spent on children’ education, health etc. Conversely a decline in food supply leads to higher costs of living and related social problems.

UNDP as the lead agency for Human Development and Early Recovery in Post Disaster situations is well placed to offer assistance through the Government of Fiji focusing on 2 key areas: i) Assisting in livelihoods recovery by focusing on improvement in food security methods for vulnerable communities affected by natural disasters and ii) Enhancing capacity in the Dept. of Agriculture to address disaster risk mitigation and providing support to vulnerable communities to improve resilience to climate change and natural disasters.

Project Outputs

  1. Livelihoods in Disaster Prone Communities with specific focus on subsistence and semi-subsistence agriculture and food security is restored and Community Driven Emergency Employment implemented.
  2. Enhanced capacity of the Department of Agriculture and stakeholders in strengthening disaster risk resilience and mitigation in the agriculture sector
  3. Lessons emerging from effective M & E are codified and disseminated

Who finances it?

Estimated annual budget USD370,000

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