South Tarawa, Kiribati – Today, the Global Green Growth Institute released the Identifying Income Generating Opportunities in Root Crops: Preliminary Cost Benefit Analysis of Options for Improving the availability of locally produced root crops in South Tarawa. The analysis is part of a broader initiative by GGGI to assist the Government of Kiribati to identify and support micro income generation opportunities, improve availability and access to green infrastructure services for the achievement of development objectives, and share knowledge on integrated planning approaches for climate change adaptation and green growth.
The first phase of the initiative included a four-day Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) Training Workshop, building on previous experiences on CBA trainings in Kiribati, with the support SPC/GIZ Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR). The training was aimed at deepening skills in Cost Benefit Analysis as a practical tool to support government officials in the Ministry of Environment, Land and Agriculture (MELAD), the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MFED), and the Office of the President (OB) to identify and assess green and climate resilient projects.
The second phase included additional value-chain analysis training for government officers of MELAD and the development of CBA focused on 3 options for improving the availability of locally produced root crops in South Tarawa, that can potentially provide additional environmentally sustainable livelihood opportunities along the value chain. This guide is a conclusion of that exercise.
According to Norma Rivera, Kiribati Program Officer for GGGI, “This analysis is an important step in supporting the government’s commitments to implement strategies to increase domestic trade, support the development of an inclusive trade and private sector that drives green growth, and achieve a food and nutrition secured nation, through the identification of green, climate resilient projects.”
The guide can be downloaded from GGGI’s website here: https://gggi.org/report/identifying-income-generating-opportunities-in-root-crops-in-kiribati