3 Aug 2015

Pacific farmers seeking safety in numbers

12:50 pm on 3 August 2015

Pacific farmers are sharing knowledge, techniques and planting materials in an attempt to become more resilient to the effects of climate change and natural disasters.

A demonstration in Vanuatu's Shefa province last week brought local farmers together with their counterparts from Fiji, Solomon Islands and Tonga.

The event is based on the "Knowledge Hub" concept, which was first trialled in the Solomon Islands by regional NGO Live and Learn before being exported to other countries by the UN's Pacific Risk Resilience Programme.

Moortaza Jiwanji.

Moortaza Jiwanji. Photo: World Humanitarian Summit

Its manager, Moortaza Jiwanji says the Knowledge Hubs in Vanuatu have been helping farmers recover from Cyclone Pam, which wiped out almost all food and agricultural crops in March.

"They already had a kind of informal alliance amongst themselves to actually help establish this knowledge hub. Not only for their immediate needs following TC Pam but also as an opportunity to look more forward into the future. Well how can we come together to jointly address the future risks that are posed from disasters and climate change."