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Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

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Project name Improving soil health, agricultural productivity and food security on atolls
Funding bodies Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Chief Investigators Geoff Dean
Contributors University of Adelaide, Ministry of Environment, Lands & Agriculture Development (Kiribati), Department of Agriculture (Tuvalu)

The specific aim of the project is to improve the livelihoods of the people of coral atolls, Kiribati in particular, through increased and diversified agricultural production. The project objectives are to:

  1. Increase the sustainability and productivity of starchy staple food production systems;
  2. Increase household and community production and consumption of local nutritious foods, and;
  3. Identify and develop opportunities for inter-island trade in high-value crops and products.

The primary outputs are expected to be:

Improved food production systems for starchy staples resilient to harsh atoll conditions using integrated pest and soil management;

Documented information generated by the project on how to organically grow, manage, prepare and preserve nutritious vegetables/fruits in household and school gardens, and;

Identification and development of a fresh produce value chain for sale of surplus food production. The mass balance of nutrients will be incorporated into the value chain analyses.

How food gardens based on traditional practice can improve health in the Pacific