“Thinking outside the rock”

Pacific countries emphasize collaboration for food security. Photo: L.E. Ascui (ADB)

“The greatest beauty is organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty of the universe. Love that, not man apart from that…” Robinson Jeffers.

To address green growth, climate change, food security and water in pacific island countries we need to step away from popular belief in order to understand the diversity within this small group of countries, or “rocks” as they like to call themselves.

One of the main problems related to food sources in pacific countries is their vulnerability to physical, environmental, social and economic changes, facts which impede access, stability, availability and utilization of food. In addition, climate change is a usual hazard and it´s been having serious consequences in the pacific environment.

Therefore, in order to cope with these challenges the pacific countries are centering their efforts on establishing and strengthening collaboration though networking, technology transfer and capacity building.

Now is the time for change and it is only throughout continuous activity and cooperation with policy makers, farmers, youth and communities that we can make it happen, it´s never too late to make a difference in the world.

Article inspired by Viliamu Iese from the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development USP.

Blogpost by Carolina Minchiotti, one of the GCARD2 social reporters.

3 thoughts on ““Thinking outside the rock”

  1. Interesting article and it really reflects the way forward! Sustainability can only be ensured when cooperation exists between all stakeholders and when issues related to environment, natural resources and climate are en-grasped within agricultural systems.

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