21 Oct 2004

Australian food experts to help Nauru

8:27 am on 21 October 2004

The Australian government is sending two officials to Nauru to secure food supplies, three days ahead of the island's general election.

The foreign ministry says it's responding to the island's request for help to deal with shortages of healthy food.

It says about US$150,000 will be used to buy seeds and gardening materials.

Two nutritionists are to survey the health requirements of islanders, especially, pregnant women and nursing mothers.

The foreign ministry says an Australian police director is to work with the Nauruan force later this month.