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Improving soil health, agricultural productivity and food security on atolls

This project aims to improve the livelihoods of the people of coral atolls, Kiribati and Tuvalu in particular, through increased and diversified agricultural production.
Pacific Island atolls are among the most vulnerable communities on this planet to climate change. Producing food for the people is a priority.
Malnutrition is a significant concern, and non-communicable diseases (diabetes, heart disease and micronutrient deficiencies) are increasing because few people are aware of the effects of a poor diet. It is difficult to produce food on atolls, because of a narrow genetic base; poorly controlled pests and diseases; poor soil conditions; limited water availability; climate change; and fading traditional knowledge.
Building stakeholders' capacity and ensuring good partnership among them will address these critical issues and achieve food security on atolls.
The research proposed is associated with three ACIAR projects (PC/2010/063 in Samoa and the Solomon Islands; the Soil Health project SMCN/2009/003 based in Fiji, Samoa and Kiribati; and the scoping study SMCN/2014/021 in Kiribati and Tuvalu)