4 Sep 2014

Multi million dollar crop project launched in Kiribati

8:15 pm on 4 September 2014

A seven million US dollar project has been launched to make four of Kiribati's outer islands less reliant on imported foods.

A spokeswoman for the International Fund for Agricultural Developement, which supports the project, says imports are often of very poor quality.

The Outer Island Food and Water Project will target 43 communities on the islands of Abebama, Beru, North Tabiteuea and Nonouti, where soil quality is often poor.

The spokeswoman says a lot of research has gone into testing which fruit and vegetables can be grown in different areas and with this information hope to encourage the growing of a wider array of foods.