TARAWA, KIRIBATI – March 13, 2020- The Cabinet of the Kiribati Government today endorsed the Kiribati Agriculture Strategy (KAS 2020-2030) as a long-term national plan for the agriculture sector. The KAS aims to help achieve the goals of the Kiribati 20-Year Vision by developing a climate-resilient agriculture sector that enhances production, productivity, livelihoods, jobs, food security, and improved nutrition and health.
Agriculture is the primary source of food security, livelihoods, nutrition, and household income in Kiribati. It is the sector with the highest employment sector, counting more than 4,110 employees, though low women’s engagement is low. By endorsing the Kiribati Agriculture Strategy, the Kiribati government recognized the sector as a driver to enhance the economy, livelihood, gender inclusion, and climate change actions.
The new Agriculture Strategy is devised to address food security, livelihood, employment, climate change challenges, and gender gaps in the sector. The strategy aligns the agriculture sector to the other key policy frameworks in the country, including the Kiribati 20-Year Vision, the Kiribati Development Plan, and the Kiribati Climate Change Policy.
The strategy was developed by the Ministry of Environment, Lands, and Agriculture Development (MELAD) in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). Through diversified agricultural practices, the goal of the strategy contributing to poverty reduction, food security, gender equality, and climate mitigation possibly achievable.
GGGI will continue to support MELAD in developing an Action Framework to operationalize the Kiribati Agriculture Strategy and take steps toward implementation. As part of this work, 20 projects identified in the strategy will be reviewed and prioritized for further project development and funding.
“Committed to supporting Kiribati achieve its development goals, GGGI is very pleased to see the Agriculture Strategy adopted and become a key platform to drive actions that increase jobs, food security, and climate-resilient agriculture,” said Semu K. Teffera, GGGI Program Officer in Kiribati.
GGGI will also provide institutional capacity building support to MELAD staff to enhance the application of appropriate project management, monitoring, and evaluation systems and tools and maximize results.
Semu K. Teffera, Country Officer
(GGGI Seoul HQ)
HeeKyung Son, Communications Lead