The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and The University of the South Pacific (USP) have joined forces to strengthen local market monitoring capacities in Fiji and Samoa.
For a region that is extremely susceptible to climate shocks and natural disasters, monitoring the impacts of these calamities is critical. By identifying, collecting, and analyzing market information, the joint project will help government agencies in both countries to make informed policies when implementing disaster response activities, particularly those aimed at safeguarding household food security.
Assistant CEO, Policy, Planning & Communication Division of Samoa’s Ministry of Agriculture Ms. Taimalietane Matatumua said, “The Samoa Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) is blessed to be part of this joint initiative between WFP and USP. We foresee the tremendous value in this project as it will strengthen the capacity of our newly established Agriculture Statistics Unit within MAF, and ensure that the outcomes of the research, assessment and monitoring system will enable data-driven policies and decision-making on food security in Samoa.”