DENARAU ISLAND, Fiji, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Fiji and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) inked here on Friday a resilience project agreement that will see the delivery of food security initiatives through a funding of 7 million Fijian dollars (about 3.4 million U.S. dollars) provided by the European Union (EU).
The deal, the "Strengthening Climate Resilience of Communities for Food and Nutrition Security" project, was signed by Fiji's Ministry of Agriculture and FAO on the sidelines of the 34th Session of FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, which concluded on the Denarau Island near Fiji's third largest city of Nadi later Friday.
The agreement entails initiatives aiming at addressing food and nutrition insecurity in countries and regions prone to El Nino induced vulnerability.
Speaking after the signing ceremony, Fiji's Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management Office and Meteorological Services Inia Seruiratu said as a responsible country, Fiji is doing its best in its mitigation efforts by reducing greenhouse gas emission.
However, he said, seeing the situation the country was faced with, the Fijian government was also advocating on the need for adaptation and resilience.
For his part, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said such projects will help build resilience at community level in terms of food security.