Empowering women in organic farming for food security as part of cyclone PAM relief in Vanuatu
Empowering women in organic farming for food security as part of cyclone PAM relief in Vanuatu
Small island food production is threatened by the limited land space for farming and cyclones. Vanuatu 2009 census reported the decline in local food agriculture production. In 2015, cyclone Pam paassed ovwith destr er the islands with destructive winds of 250 Km per hour that results 11 deaths and leaving over 2 billions worth in debris including the local gardens. Over months local communities faced shortage of food for meals that warrant foreign aid support with food supplies, shelter and water.
Over a month and a project will target to support most vulnerable communities where women and
youths have no employment opportunities. These communities are those at the outskirts of Port Vila town. this initiative will support local women farmers to Promote home vegetables gardens to feed families and if surplus they can use for cash income generation.
The project will target to empowered 40 key leading womens in project targeted areas to support local women farming in the restoration cyclone damaged garden crops and dessiminate information on new introduced seeds to improve food production in local gardens. The key women will facilitate the sharing of propagated planting materials and seeds between families in Port Vila, and seeds materials are also imported from outer islands that are lowly affected. The women will provide a portal of sharing of seeds and provide information dessimination to local women in farming techniques to maximising yields. This will involve capacity buidling for the women in land and pest management, information sharing on marketing, weather and finance.
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Project Snapshot

Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 38,880.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 25,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 20,000.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
A project will include sharing of experience in a public workshop at the project site to showcase the works women are doing and pass information in land degradation. Other communication materials will be focus on sustainable land management in particular the soil management.
Policy Impact
Local women will be able to participate in agricultural policies decisions. Women particiapting in policy decision will be noted as part of indicator.
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Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 40
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 10


Vanuatu Government Agriculture Ministry

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Leah Silas Nimoho
678 26034
678 26034
Ms. Sherryl Mahina Ulufia


SGP-Vanuatu, UN Joint Presence Office,Rue Mercet, Reserve Bank of Vanuatu 4th Level
PORT VILA, South West Pacific, PMB 9096