Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Launches Food Security Project

Agricultural Officer holding up Fruit trees under the project

APIA: FRIDAY 17 OCTOBER 2014: The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry launched their “Enhanced climate change resilience of production systems in the Pacific communities, and community nurseries” project in Sapapali’i, Savai’i this week.

Commissioned by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and fully funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), this project aims at enhancing climate change resilience of food production systems at the community level.  The total project costs USD $4 million and runs in 6 countries in the Pacific, Samoa being one of them.

ag Selafi, Laauli, Hadfield & Japanese ambassador

The Minister of SOEs,  Selafi Purcell, Speaker of Parliament La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao, Kevin Hadfield of the US Embassy and the Japanese Ambassador inside one of the greenhouses for the project.

The key note speech was given by the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Honourable Le Mamea Ropati Mualia while the cutting of the ribbon to launch the project was done by Mr. Benjamin Harding of U.S.Embassy Apia.  Representatives of Savaia-Lefaga village were also in attendance as this project involves the construction of seedling-source nurseries at both Sapapali’i and Savaia.

The nurseries are a result of lengthy consultations with both villages on matters such as food availability, consumption history, and changing patterns in the weather and crop growth.

They contain a variety of traditional and new root crops, fruit trees, and garden vegetables, focusing on “climate ready” varieties, more resistant to drought and disease.