The Government of Kiribati with strong support from the United Nations has completed a series of dialogues to explore how the Kiribati Food Systems should evolve during the next 10 years so that they reflect the needs of people, protect the ecosystem and environment while aligning with the principles and goals of sustainable development and climate action.
The food system dialogues were held from June 29, 2021 – July 02 2021, and focused on the key themes of nutrition, diet, environment, resilience, and equitable livelihood, with game-changing solutions and pathways discussed on the final day.
The participants highlighted the many challenges and concerns on the food system for Kiribati from NCDs with a focus on food/diet-related diseases, blue food and green food development, sustainable management of existing food production systems, and decent work for all actors along the food chain.
Key outcomes from the Summit included proposals for direct support for farmers and food chain suppliers, and greater awareness and education to change consumer mindsets in support of healthier locally grown food.
Proposed actions to support farmers include improving water harvesting and providing planting materials, developing the transport sector, setting competitive pricing, and introducing climate-smart agricultural technologies with relevant capacity building for farmers in disaster-prone areas.
In addition, enabling effective management of blue food production, consumption, and trade, and the interconnections with green food production was one of the main outcomes of the dialogues, including the integration of blue food into decision making and food and nutrition policies and programmes.
The dialogue also identified the need for more community outreach and the inclusion of food system education in the national curriculum, so consumers have a better understanding of the importance of farming and producing local food to fight NCDs and improve health.