28 Jul 2008

Atoll agriculture boosted in Kiribati

3:26 pm on 28 July 2008

A new research and development centre for atoll agriculture has been established in Kiribati

The Centre of Excellence for Atoll Agriculture Research and Development in the Pacific is to become a focal point for Pacific scientists working on the development of technologies to help atoll farmers increase their productivity.

For a number of years, governments of atoll countries and territories have asked regional and international organisations working in the fields of agriculture and forestry to give special attention to their research and development needs.

Nil or almost no land resources coupled with infertile coralline soils and long spells of dry weather make any form of agriculture very difficult.

As a result, atoll communities face problems in maintaining food security and eating a balanced diet.