Building climate-resilient food systems for Pacific Islands

Building climate-resilient food systems for Pacific Islands

This report focuses on the challenges of climate change and food security for the Pacific Islands.

It summarises: 1) the projected effects of climate change on agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture in the Pacific region; 2) adaptations and supporting policies needed to reduce risks to food production; 3) gaps in knowledge that must be filled in order to implement the adaptations effectively; 4) recommendations to fill these knowledge gaps.

The report highlights that the Pacific Islands face challenges in building the three main pillars of food security: availability, access and appropriate use of nutritious food. It is argued that these challenges arise from factors including rapid population growth and urbanisation, shortages of arable land for farming and the availability of cheap, low-quality foods. As a result, many are now highly dependent on imported food, and the incidence of non-communicable diseases in the region is among the highest in the world.

[Adapted from source]

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