Healthy living, soil and food security in Fiji

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Maria Elder-Ratutokarua the Sustainable Land Management Adviser from SPC. Photo:SUPPLIED


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With the aim of promoting the importance of soils to our daily living and at the same time promoting sustainable land management for healthy living and soil and food security, the Ministry of Agriculture recently conducted awareness programs across the divisions.

At Vunaniu in Serua, men, women, youth and children gathered with officials and stakeholders to commemorate World Day to Combat Desertification as well as celebrate the 2015 International Year of the Soils.

The observance calls for a change in our land use practices through smart agriculture and adaptation to changing climate especially in the dry fragile parts of the world where food shortages are becoming more and more severe.


Maria Elder-Ratutokarua, the Sustainable Land Manager (SLM) Adviser of Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) said that soils are important for food security and essential eco-system functions.

“Most people don’t realize that just beneath our feet lies a diverse, complex, life-giving ecosystem that sustains our entire existence andI believe very often we tend to take soils for granted, just like we take the sunshine and rain for granted.”

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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