PACIFIC AMERICAN FUND

LIVE & LEARN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FIJI

Grant Title: Drought Recovery and Climate Resilient Project

Grant Summary

Climate-change-induced disasters, such as droughts in Fiji, negatively impact food and nutrition security. Rising sea levels mean more frequent flooding and higher salinity rates, resulting in worsening agricultural productivity. Erratic and inadequate rainfall patterns further complicate agricultural production as many parts of Fiji are experiencing deepening drought conditions.

Live & Learn Environmental Education Fiji (Live & Learn Fiji) is working with affected rural communities of the drought-prone areas in Vanua Levu, Northern Division of Fiji, to improve vulnerable households’ resilience. Working in partnership with the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Live & Learn Fiji will provide training, assist with the development of climate-resilient backyard farming and agroforestry production, and help connect communities to markets. With support from USAID’s Pacific American Fund, Live & Learn Fiji will strengthen the capacity of communities to address the interlinked challenges of climate change, rural poverty, food insecurity, and land degradation. Through this project, Live & Learn Fiji will also work with communities to improve water catchment management practices, including rainwater harvesting.

Live & Learn Fiji will also introduce community- based disaster risk management (CBDRM) approaches and promote inclusive community- based disaster risk management and planning.

Women, youth, and persons with disabilities will play a critical role in improving gender and vulnerable groups’ inclusion in resilience decision-making processes.

Grant Period & Duration: January 2023 to April 2025

Location: 29 rural communities in Cakaudrove, Bua, and Macuata Provinces, Fiji

 

Objectives

Increase long-term adaptive capacity and strength to climate change through promoting climate-smart agriculture in drought-prone areas and boosting the local knowledge base of such interventions.

Improve food and water security of local communities through the awareness and application of traditional knowledge and rainwater harvesting.

Develop and strengthen rural communities’ capacity to successfully plan, implement, and manage CBDRM for climate resilience.

Improve gender and vulnerable groups’ inclusion in resilience decision-making processes.

Strengthen effective communication and reporting through enhanced awareness and advocacy of climate-smart agriculture and CBDRM.

About Live & Learn Environmental Education Fiji

Live & Learn Fiji is a member of an inclusive and dynamic network of interdependent, local, non- governmental organizations in the Pacific, South-East Asia, and the Indian Ocean. Live & Learn Fiji is committed to disrupting the drivers of dangerous climate change, environmental degradation, violence against women, uncontrolled waste generation, food insecurity, and the lack of access to safe water and sanitation through a focus on transformational ways of working.

 

Grant Activities

Working in collaboration with communities and relevant government partners, Live & Learn Fiji will:

 
Promote climate-smart agriculture for drought-prone areas

Through community and stakeholder engagement workshops, long-term adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change will increase.

Improve food and water security of local communities

Through local knowledge- generating events, this project will promote indigenous approaches to food and water security.

Develop and strengthen the capacity of rural communities for climate resilience

Live & Learn will support successful planning, implementation, and management of CBDRM.

Monitor progress

The project will strengthen evidence-based, climate-smart agriculture and CBDRM.

Strengthen engagement for inclusion in resilience decision-making processes

The inclusive engagement of gender and vulnerable groups in community forums will help them share their lived experiences and recommend practical actions for improved community resilience efforts.

Expected Outcomes

The project seeks to reduce climate change disaster risks and their impacts and improve food and nutrition security for 500 farming households in 29 communities, with particular focus on women, youth, and persons with disabilities. In addition, this award will have:

 

1

Increased long-term community adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change, especially drought impacts through CBDRM.

2

Improved food and water security practices of local communities through awareness and the application of traditional knowledge, promoting resilient, repellent crops and land and water management.

3

Developed and strengthened the capacity of 29 communities to achieve successful planning, implementation, and management of climate-smart agriculture.

4

Improved gender and vulnerable groups’ inclusion in resilience decision-making processes.

5

Strengthened effective communication and reporting through improved awareness and advocacy of climate-smart agriculture applications.

DRCR Workshops

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