COVID-19 crisis exposes Fiji's vulnerability to food security

Source: Xinhua| 2020-10-16 18:23:40|Editor: huaxia

SUVA, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- The supply of nutritious labor-intensive food is at risk of being interrupted during the COVID-19 crisis, said a Fijian minister on Friday.

Speaking to mark the World Food Day on Friday, Fiji's Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete said that the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the vulnerability of the island country's food systems with a potential impact on food security.

A new policy on food and nutrition security of Fiji is now before the cabinet for approval to address the situation, he said, adding that food and nutrition insecurity requires a multipronged strategy in response.

"We are working across policy areas by adopting an integrated and cross policy approach to address food and nutrition insecurity. The government of Fiji through the policy and plan of action will address the promotion and sustenance of household food and nutrition security", he said.

He added that agricultural show is a powerful advocacy platform to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic and climate change.

"For this year's World Food Day celebration, let us resolve to give our farmers and our communities a helping hand so that we can have healthier agricultural systems, adequate food supplies and more forests to mitigate the impacts of climate change," he said. Enditem