Workshop to help fishers and farmers - Solomon Star News

Workshop to help fishers and farmers

26 August 2015

NADI, (CTA) - A regional workshop to identify alternative scenarios for development of the Pacific food chain system under climate change  is currently taking place in Nadi, Fiji.

The  workshop which began on August 25 -27th brings together practitioners a nd decision makers to deliberate on this delicate a nd important issue.

 Scenarios and narratives participants of the workshop come up with in their deliberations will provide a powerful tool in identifying development, policy, and research for the food system in the Pacific .

 The food system of the Pacific region is undergoing profound changes that will be felt for generations to come. Nutritional security is being challenged by rapid population growth and urbanisation, shortages of arable land, and cheap, low-quality food imports from burgeoning global trade.

The rise of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) has major implications for economic growth, aid policy and development.

National and regional leaders responding to the public health crisis posed by rising NCDs in the Pacific region need a stronger evidence base and policy narrative to influence patterns of food consumption, trade and production.

In this framework, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with WorldFish, The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP‐EU (CTA), the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are joining forces to initiate a research and development programme to build resilience and strengthen adaptation to climate change and variability amongst fishers and farmers in the Pacific region.