7 Apr 2015

Vanuatu women collaborate for nutrition after Pam

5:10 am on 7 April 2015

Women on Efate and Santo in Vanuatu are working together to try and improve the diet of families in the Port Vila area in the wake of cyclone Pam by shipping root crops from the unaffected northern islands to be sold in the capital.

Vanuatu women collaborate for nutrition after Pam

Vanuatu women collaborate for nutrition after Pam Photo: supplied

The President of the Vanuatu Women's Sustainable Development Association, Anna Stevens, says after the cyclone, nutrition has suffered in the capital with no root crops or vegetables available anywhere.

Ms Stevens says her organisation is working with the women on Santo to try and assist women in the capital whose gardens have been destroyed.

" We are doing this as an initiative for the women to sell and can get something out of it. We received more than ten tonnes today and the outcome of the sale today of all the root crops will determine whether we are going to negotiate for another shipment from Santo."

Anna Stevens says providing a balanced diet for families has been impossible with an estimated 90 percent of all food gardens destroyed by the cyclone.

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