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  • Rural women secure their livelihoods through financial literacy training Dec 5, 2016

    The women of Nacokaika village, Naitasiri make significant contributions to their families and village through kai gleaning and selling. Kai or freshwater bivalves gleaning has been a job performed by women in villages along the river banks of Fiji and selling them has been a major source of their household and village income.

  • 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.

  • Enhancing youth employment and economic sustainability for Ra farmers Sep 19, 2016

    “Tropical Cyclone Winston hit us early this year, we now heavily depend on our farms to help us recover,” said the Turaga ni Koro or the village chief of Nabalabala Village in Ra. The Engaging Youth in Organic Farming programme will assist the TC Winston recovery efforts by training youth in organic agriculture and product development.

  • Helping rebuild people’s livelihood on Shepard’s Islands through Fisheries training Sep 9, 2016

    The offshore islands of Efate extending to the Shepard’s have been part of the hardest hit islands during Tropical Cyclone Pam early last year, which caused much destruction on their livelihood.

  • Vanuatu Farmer-Vendors Inspired for Change Sep 5, 2016

    Rural and urban markets in Vanuatu are central to the livelihoods of the people especially the poorer households who depend heavily on the income they earn from their small scale market operations.

  • Constitutional Review in the Pacific: A brief story of Tuvalu Aug 12, 2016

    Although the Tuvalu Constitution of 1986 has generally served the country well, there are a number of internal political concerns that have prompted the Government to consider constitutional reform. The political system in Tuvalu has experienced a number of crises over the last decade, most notably with regard to executive/parliamentary relations, which the Constitution was unequipped to address.

  • Making Financial and Business Training Accessible to Rural and Part-Time Market Vendors Jul 11, 2016

    Saturday is market day for many part-time market vendors, and a long one for many who would start their travel to the market the night before. Elenoa Tabua of Korovou village in Naitasiri, leaves her home at 11pm every Friday to travel about 50 kilometers to the Suva Municipal Market located in the capital, more than an hour’s travel by road, to allow her enough time at the market to organize her produce of ota, dalo and moli.

  • Fiji Government, NGOs and UNDP Working in Partnership to fulfil the underlying SDG pledge to ‘Leave No One Behind’ Jun 23, 2016

    The Global Goals aim to end poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, build strong institutions and partnerships, and more. In Fiji, action has already begun, putting the policy into practice.

  • Government services reaching out further to people in communities Jun 22, 2016

    Nai Nailevu raises four children who are attending primary and secondary school. She found it difficult to keep her family going after she separated from her husband. She did not have a paid job. She did not know if the Government could provide any support for her.

  • Winning battle against NCDs tops Public Health agenda in Tonga Jun 20, 2016

    Feliti Hoeft, 54, comes from the village Tofoa in Tongatapu. Before getting diagnosed with diabetes, he was a hard working man, gainfully employed operating heavy earth moving machines. Today, both of his feet are amputated.

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