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17 Jan 2017 description
report CARE

Aid organisation CARE International today issued a new report highlighting the top ten most underreported humanitarian crises of 2016.

The report, Suffering in Silence, features food crises in Eritrea, Madagascar, North Korea and Papua New Guinea; conflicts in Burundi, Lake Chad Basin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan and last year’s monsoon floods in Bangladesh.

16 Jan 2017 description


  • Season: Kiribati is currently in Wet season, AU MEANG (Nov-April).

  • ENSO Status: In Neutral.

Drought Highlights:

  • Rainfall records show that Butaritari,Beru and Kiritimati are in drought for the 3 months period (affects crops and rainwater tanks) and 6 month periods (affects household wells). Butaritari is also in drought for the12 months period which can affect ground water lens in wells at households.

13 Jan 2017 description

In Mangaia, the second largest of the Cook Islands, five young leaders are being trained in organic farming practices so that they can supply their local markets, as well as export their crops to the capital island of Rarotonga, alleviating the country’s heavy reliance on foreign imports. Three of the five participants are women, who were not traditionally farmers on Mangaia.


05 Jan 2017 description
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This website allows you to explore how different scenarios of global greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change could change the geography of food insecurity in developing and least-developed countries. By altering the levels of future global greenhouse gas emissions and/or the levels of adaptation, you can see how vulnerability to food insecurity changes over time, and compare and contrast these different future scenarios with each other and the present day.

29 Dec 2016 description

Researchers have warned that villagers in Papua New Guinea could be facing future food shortages because of a dramatic increase in population.

PNG's population has more than doubled in the last 30 years, and it is affecting how the nation's subsistence farmers are using land.

Geographer Bryant Allen has been studying village food production in the foothills of the Torricelli Mountains — near PNG's northern coast — for almost 45 years.

His research has shown people are using more land and farming it more intensively.

22 Dec 2016 description


  • Season: Kiribati is currently in Wet season, AU MEANG (Nov-April).

  • ENSO Status: Remains in Neutral Phase

  • Drought Highlights:

    • Rainfall records show that Butaritari, Beru and Kiritimati are in drought for the 3 months period (affects crops and rainwater tanks). Butaritari and Kiritimati are also in drought for the 6 months period (affects household wells). Butaritari is also in drought for 12 month which can affect water lens.

21 Dec 2016 description

Every now and then, Mother Nature reminds us of her palpable force—the recent El Niño was one of those reminders. When this phenomenon hit the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), it unleashed an unsympathetic weather change, bringing droughts and frosts to the country. Many were unprepared to lose subsistence farming, the ‘backbone’ of New Guinean societies, as a major source of income. One can imagine the devastating impact this had on crop production and, in turn, on communities’ food security.

21 Dec 2016 description

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000 sought to halve by 2015 the proportion of the world’s population without sustainable access to improved water sources and sanitation facilities. By 2015, about 2.6 billion additional people had gained access to improved water sources since 1990, the baseline year for the MDGs, thus meeting the MDG target. However, 663 million people still do not have access to improved water sources.

20 Dec 2016 description
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08 Dec 2016 description

Ongoing conflicts continue to intensify food insecurity

Global agricultural prospects are improving but lean seasons loom in near future

8 December 2016, Rome - Civil conflict and weather-related shocks have severely stressed food security in 2016, increasing the number of countries in need of food assistance, according to a FAO report. The new edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, released today, highlights 39 countries that are in need of external assistance for food.

23 Nov 2016 description

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has welcomed the commitment of fellow APEC Leaders to strengthen food security around the region, that he said will benefit both the people and food producers of Papua New Guinea.

After APEC Leaders delivered their Lima Declaration this week, the Prime Minister said APEC’s focus on regional food security will not only strengthen economies, but will open up skills training and technical support for Papua New Guinea.

11 Nov 2016 description

New Zealand Embassy Supports Rainwater Harvesting Improvement Project in Kabin Meto (Ujae, Lae, Wotho)

08 Nov 2016 description

Four Years of Partnership: DFAT, IOM, PSS and RMI Leadership

Since early 2012, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been working closely with the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), particularly the Office of the Chief Secretary (OCS), National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster and Public School System (PSS) to implement disaster preparedness and response activities, with funding provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

27 Oct 2016 description

A Drop in the Bucket: Jerry cans bring safe water to Marshallese

Republic of the Marshall Islands—Martha is no stranger to disaster. In 2013, Martha and her family survived the RMI drought. In 2014, Martha’s outer island home on Bekarej, Arno burned down displacing Martha, her husband, and their children. A year and half later, Martha was faced with a familiar challenge- an El Niño induced drought that NOAA has reported to be “the strongest… in recorded history.”

26 Oct 2016 description

Globally averaged CO2 levels reach 400 parts per million in 2015

High greenhouse gas levels mark start of new era of climate reality

Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached the symbolic and significant milestone of 400 parts per million for the first time in 2015 and surged again to new records in 2016 on the back of the very powerful El Niño event, according to the World Meteorological Organization's annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.

24 Oct 2016 description

Who are the regional Pacific Food Security Cluster?
What do we do?

WHO: The Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster (rPFSC) is composed of a cluster support team, consisting of specialists in Cluster Coordination and Information Management.

The Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster is led at the global and regional level by FAO and WFP, two U.N. agencies with a mandate and expertise in the food security sector.