30 August 2018 | A collaboration between the government of Fiji and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) aims to alleviate food insecurity in the country. In order to reduce food insecurity, the joint effort aims to increase the resilience of vulnerable communities to resist hard times.

The Advent­ist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Fiji Pro-resilience Vakarau Wai project aims to teach people in these communities to grow their own food. The Fiji Sun Online reported that this work is especially focused on Northern and Western regions of Fiji.

ADRA Fiji country director Iliapi Tuwai said the Fiji pro-resilience project aims to tackle food security caused by drought by growing sustainable home gardens in the country’s Macuata and Ba provinces.

“The most recent survey results in these provinces showed the need to capacitate its people to address this very need, since our people are vul­nerable to dry weather conditions every year,” said Mr Tuwai.

Funding for the training comes from the Euro­pean Union in collaboration with the Adventist Development and Re­lief Agency (ADRA) Germany. The project is being run locally by ADRA Fiji.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is the main humanitarian organization of the Adventist Church.

According to the denomination’s Office of Archives, Statistics and Research, the Adventist Church has 25,693 members and 159 churches in Fiji.

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