Church and ADRA help a village in Fiji find food security – Church News

Some areas of Fiji have experienced food shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown periods. But the new efforts are helping villagers provide food security, economic self-sufficiency, and resilience.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Seventh-day Adventist Development and Relief Agency recently worked together on a pilot project benefiting more than 100 people in Navatuyapa village in Rewa County, Fiji’s Church Newsroom reported.

The church gave villagers farming groups and other tools to support livelihoods, as part of the Seventh-day Adventist Agency’s Food and Nutrition Security, Community Resilience and Economic Sustainability Project.

Pacific Care and Education representatives of the church meet with villagers in Navatuyapa, Rawa, Fiji, in June 2022.

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Eliabi Twai, Adtest’s regional director in Fiji, said his organization is helping more than 1,000 families across Fiji with food rations and financial assistance.

“Many Fijians are in dire need of food, and their livelihoods have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 crisis,” Twai said.

Recently, representatives from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency and the Church joined leaders of the Ministry of Health of the Government of Fiji to visit the project site in Navatuyapa. They have seen backyard gardens and other farms and heard from villagers.

Village chief Mario Nodi said the project supported the livelihood of the village, especially with the rising cost of living.

“We have learned about food processing and value addition, so we are able to take advantage of available resources such as producing flour from root crops,” Nody said. “We no longer buy flour from the store because we make our own flour. The women in the village gather once a week to produce the flour. We are grateful to ADRA and [the Church] for their support.”

Paul Reed, Director of Wellbeing and Self-Reliance for Church’s Pacific Area, said, “We are excited to be working with our old partners at ADRA to help bring better food security to the people of this area. We are also looking at new ways we can provide more assistance, in partnership with the department. “.

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Paul Reed, Pacific Church’s Director of Social Welfare and Self-Reliance, visits a nearby park in Navatuyapa, Fiji, in June 2022.

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