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Seven Yasawa villages to pilot Food Bank project

April 1, 2015 4:57 am

Remote island communities in the Yasawa group will soon be better prepared to have food supplies in times of disaster, even if their crops are destroyed.

A new Food Bank project is being introduced to seven villages to help them have a ready supply of food and water when disaster strikes.

The project will include crop planting and storage as well as raising funds for post-disaster recovery.

The Food Bank starts in Soso and Kese villages of Naviti Island, with committees and ‘Knowledge Hubs’ already in place.

Community members are now clearing the land to prepare it for planting.

At the end of the year, when the planting is done, and if there has been no disaster, the money from the crop can be banked and stored as ‘Emergency Fund’ for use during future disasters.

The Food Bank is an initiative between Vinaka Fiji, Commissioner Western’s Office, the Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP) and its implementing partner Live and Learn Environmental Education.