Post-Harvest Fisheries and Value Adding Training at Abemama

A team of 5 officials from the Fisheries Division together for Abemama from April 21 to May 10 to conduct post-harvest training on the Island. The team undertook cooking training to the communities aimed in improving knowledge and skills of local communities on effective cooking methods that will help to enhance food security at the island level.

This is the second phase to roll out the training on post-harvest aiming to increase the island coverage. Throughout the training, they were able to disseminate awareness programs on plastics and waste management on the island ensuring that their marine and land environment are well preserved, clean, and safe for living and livestock against climate change.

Upon their visitation per village, the team was able to carry out practical cooking and hands-on demonstration on seafood recipes; bottle fish, smoke fish, fish balls, and sea grape recipe. Everyone in the villages had participated actively and interact through sharing of concerns and asking clarifications from the team. Along the training, the team had worked with Fisheries Extension staff who will undertake follo-up activities. The team started a training from the village of Kabangaki and finished at Tabiang with about 250 participants of which around 150 are women.

The team conducted interviews with three to four participants per village to hear their stories on adapting to climate change conditions. Those feedbacks are full of gratitude with thankful hearts toward the programs especially the Project funding, hoping for more training programs with more cooking techniques during future visits.

The training was a success as commended by Bwameri Taningaboo, an old man from Tabiang expressing how grateful they are for having Abemama chosen as one among those piloted islands, and they will make sure to practice those trainings. The Mayor, Linda Ueanteang added saying, “this project is useful as it teaches us the value of our environment and natural resources to be preserved and nourished, so we can use them in times of natural disasters.”

The trip was supported by the Food Security Project, commonly know as the LDCF-1 which is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the UNDP and managed by the Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) under the MELAD.

For further information Contact

Teitirake Kabwaua(Ms)

Agt. Communication Officer – PAO; Project Management Unit – PMU

Environment and Conservation Division, MELAD, 75228211,75228000, tteanoa@gmail.com