Technical Brief: Realising the potential of local foods in Pacific Island Countries: Promoting the health, nutrition and income benefits

Year of Publication: 2019-09-06

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The seven Pacific Island Countries that are the focus of this brief cover a total land mass of 63,454.8 km2 with hundreds of small islands and archipelagos. Although total land area is small, these islands are large ocean states, rich in biodiversity (terrestrial and marine), and with diverse cultures and traditions.

This brief provides insights into the current status of knowledge on key nutrients and bioactive compounds, known or associated with traditional crops and seafood available in seven Pacific Island Countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu. The results can be used to advocate for the greater incorporation of traditional crops and marine resources as part of diversified diets for a healthier Pacific population to improve the FNS situation and enhance income-generating opportunities for local communities.