Visiting Maiana by the Food Security team to roll out activities on the island

A team of 9 Government officials returned from Maiana on 10 November, after spending 12 days, to roll out initial activities under the Food Security Project, better known as LDCF which is managed by MELAD with funding support from the Global Environment Facility and administered through UNDP.

Participating Ministries in the team are Agriculture, Environment, Fisheries, Tourism, Local Government, Statistics, and Meteorology.

Ideal sites to install a climate monitoring station were surveyed within the Island Council site and the airport.

Three officials from Fisheries undertook socio-economic surveys at the household level, covering more than 70 % of households in each village.

An official from Statistics undertook a separate survey through several Numerators who were involved in the 2015 census, to collect general information that would contribute towards the vulnerability assessment of the island to the adverse impacts of climate change. They surveyed around 10% of the households on the island

Consultations with the full Island Council for the first and second reading on a draft bye-law on fisheries resources management was completed. In between the readings, each village and ward were consulted for inputs.

Surveys of potential sites including cultural sites was also made, and owners of accommodation services were visited and urged to improve their facilities and services before eco-tourism activities commences.

An ecological survey of the island was also done noting sites of biodiversity hotspots, severe erosion, including areas where coastal protection measures had been implemented such as mangrove replanting and existence of “te Buibui”

The 3 Primary schools and JSS were consulted by the Agricultural team, for the purpose of setting up gene banks in their compounds. Households surveys was also undertaken on food trees to establish baseline information on food security from food crops available on the island.

At the completion of these important surveys on the island, further activities would follow to implement the LDCF project. The team was appreciative of the kind support of the Island council, Elders’ Association and the people in general  offered to the team.