The remote inland province of Navosa is one of Fiji’s poorest regions with 50-60% of the population living in poverty. While agriculture is the main source of income for families in the district, most struggle to generate the F$150-200 FJD needed to feed and care for a family each week. Poor road conditions limit their ability to transport their produce to sell at higher priced markets – the closest project community is 45km from the nearest commercial business district.
On top of this, Fiji remains one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. Every disaster marks a step back for a community’s development out of poverty. To address this, ADRA’s Livelihoods, Health and Disaster Management project is working with 15 of the poorest communities to reduce poverty and improve disaster resilience, impacting 15,000 people.
The key activities for this project include:
Providing training to farmers on sustainable land use and organic farming.
Training 1500 community members in Water, Health and Sanitation, and Disaster Risk Resilience.
Supporting farmers by giving them access to the cold storage facility.
Providing 10,000 people with access to the financial service provided through the banking agent established as part of the project.
The Livelihoods Health and Disaster Management project is improving family’s lives by providing training to farmers on sustainable land use, organic farming and other improved techniques, financial literacy, and business management. Plus, ADRA is constructing a cold-storage facility that will allow individual farmers to sell collectively to wholesalers to receive a better price.
The project will also assist in the refurbishment of community water systems and providing hygiene and sanitation training to protect families from water-borne disease.