Food Security

Resource industry supports food security in PNG: Chamber

As delegates from around the world meet in Port Moresby for the APEC Food Security Summit, communities across PNG are benefiting from a range of agricultural initiatives developed and implemented by the resources industry to boost agriculture in project areas.

Recently, the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture trained 39 women from Hengambu, Yanta, Babua and Wagang villages in Morobe Province on food preparation. The training was conducted by the National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI) in Lae.

Women vital in agriculture: APEC

The APEC economies have been urged to work together to waver the challenges and create opportunities for women participation in sustainable agriculture and fisheries for food security and revenue generation.

PNG delegate and Chief Livestock Advisor with the Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Regina Nukundj, said women in agriculture and fisheries play an important role in supporting their households and communities.

Plant coconut for food security

This was the message at a workshop on environment and food security on Lou Island, Manus.

The UNDP funded project through the Lou Island Coastline Rehabilitation, a non-profit organization launched the ‘Plant a Tree” initiative last week.

The workshop was attended by people from Baluan,Lou and Pam Islands,

President of Balopa LLG, Ngenge Sasa told participants that most island and coastal communities fail to plant new trees to replace the aging coconut trees.

“Most of the coconut trees we live on now were planted by our grandfathers and parents,” Sasa said.

Manus Island looks at food security to battle climate change

Mbuke is one of many islands in PNG affected by climate change and sea level rise.

Officers from Government agencies, including NARI, Department of Agriculture and Livestock and Department of Environment and Conservation, visited the island recently to speak to the locals.

They did a survey and interviews with focus groups, community leaders and women on food security and income generating activities.

The people were very happy to hear about options on income generation, women empowerment and capacity building and training.

APEC emphasizes need to improve food security

In the final communique the leaders say they have instructed ministers to implement the APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and Blue Economy Plan of Action in the areas of resilient oceans and coastal resources, fish loss reduction, and agri-business development.

“We support the APEC Food Safety Co-operation Forum and its Partnership Training Institute Network.  We encourage progress on the APEC Food Security Roadmap toward 2020, to contribute to the achievement of APEC’s food security goal,” leaders stated through the communique.