Technical Brief: Building the Evidence Base on Community Food Production Initiatives in Pacific Island Countries

Year of Publication: 2020

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Community food production initiatives (CFPIs) are part of the solution for addressing the triple burden of malnutrition in the Pacific.

CFPIs can contribute to increasing dietary diversity and incomes and reducing household food expenditure. In this study, methods and tools developed through the Community Food and Health (CFaH) Project have been applied to CFPIs in Fiji and the Solomon Islands to provide evidence of the impact on nutrition and livelihoods.

Community empowerment is one of the three priority policy objectives for improving food security and nutrition – globally and in the Pacific region.

More investments are needed to upscale CFPIs and evaluate their impacts on health, social and economic well-being through research that engages with communities and civil society organisations.

Up-scaling CFPIs and providing evidence of impact through research will contribute towards building sustainable, resilient and nutritionsensitive food systems in PICs.