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  • Climate smart farming techniques help local market vendor-farmers
    Oct 6, 2016

    A training to increase agricultural productivity and income of market-vendors is helping many who are both farmers and market vendors. The United Nations Development Programme in partnership with Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture is using the training to broaden market vendor-farmers’ knowledge and awareness on how and what effect climate change can have on their farms and ways in which it can be mitigated.

  • Women's Political Participation in the Pacific
    Sep 26, 2016

    Women’s empowerment and political participation are a matter of human rights. While the right to vote and contest elections is now widely available to women all over the world, the goal of gender balance in political institutions is still far from being achieved.

  • New Framework to build resilience to climate change and disasters in the Pacific Islands
    Sep 16, 2016

    Pacific Leaders’ endorsement of the The Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP), the world’s first integrated regional framework to build resilience to climate change and disasters, has been applauded by Pacific regional and international organisations.

  • women empowerment community action
    Sep 6, 2016

    Critical issues affect the wellbeing of women in the communities of the informal settlements of Nausori, Tailevu province, Fiji. One such issue is domestic violence which is rarely addressed at community level due to an entrenched culture of silence.

  • social change through songs
    Sep 6, 2016

    Inter-school school rivalry and bullying is an issue that often results in community violence and conflict in Suva, Fiji. In 2013, Pasifika Voices–a youth choir based in the Pacific–launched the Mana Choral Festival, an innovative Arts-based programme involving participation of students from rival high schools.

  • preserving traditional knowledge
    Sep 6, 2016

    The iTaukei communities of the Fiji Islands traditionally relied on “word of mouth” transmission of cultural identity, values and knowledge. The onset of modernity, however, no longer guarantees reliance on the home or community to transmit cultural and traditional knowledge.

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