Least Develop Country Fund (LDCF) Project


Title:  Enhancing national food security in the context of global climate change (LDCF)

Donor: Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Implementing Agency:  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project Summary

Lead Agency:  Ministry of Environment Lands and Agricultural Development (MELAD)

Implementing Partners (Stakeholders):

  1. Coastal Fisheries Division (MFMRD);
  2. Agriculture & Livestock Division (MELAD);
  3. Ministry of Education;
  4. Culture & Museum Division (MIA);
  5. Local Government Division (LGD);
  6. Environment and Conservation Division (MELAD);
  7. Kiribati National Tourism Office – (MICTTD);
  8. Internal Trade (MCIC);
  9. Kiribati Meteorological Services (OB)


  • GEF Financing: $USD 4,446, 210.00
  • Co-financing: Government In-Kind: $7,000,000.00
  • UNDP: $140,000.00

Duration Years: 5.0 years (60months)

Start date:  July, 2016

End date:  June, 2021

Development Objectives:  To build the adaptive capacity of vulnerable Kiribati communities to ensure food security under conditions of climate change.The project will assist Kiribati to implement urgent resilience building actions.


The two major outcomes would assist Kiribati in the following ways:

Outcome 1: Institutional capacity developed to reduce vulnerability to climate change-induced food shortages

1.1 National program for informed decision-making.
1.2 National Guidelines for Ecosystem-based Adaptation Management
1.3 National Coastal Zone Fisheries Monitoring and Conservation Awareness Program
1.4 National Coastal Zone Fisheries Conservation Regulation
1.5 Extension Officer Training and other rural stakeholders.

Outcome 2: Implementation of community adaptation measures to increase food security

2.1 Ecosystem-based Adaptation Management Operational
2.2 Vulnerability Assessment and Monitoring Tool Operational
2.3 Island and Coastal Zone Strategic Natural Resource Planning Implemented
2.4 Island-based Coastal Zone Fisheries Monitoring and Conservation Awareness Program
2.5 Coastal Zone Fisheries Conservation By-laws Adopted
2.6 Climate Resilient Fisheries Management Practices Demonstrated
2.7 Models for Sustainable Tourism Demonstrated

Project Background

The security of Island resources are being challenged due to population growth and the advancement of climate change. To address these challenges, the project will support two components (outcomes 1 & 2) and related activities on 3 to 4 pilot islands in the Gilbert Group. Both components will be closely aligned so that national and site-based activities are designed to build synergies, increase awareness, and generate much more informed and strategic use of natural resources so that ecosystem integrity is able to continue to function as the foundation of food security needs.

Component 1 will include helping to set in place an improved regulatory environment, strengthened institutional planning and policy frameworks, and generation of data required to support informed decision-making.

Component 2 will implement and demonstrate community-based adaptation measures, using models for land and lagoon resources management that is predicated upon informed planning and management processes.

The project will work with extension officers responsible for both agriculture and fisheries resources, building their capacities, designated island councils’ staff, and rural stakeholders through training programs. Model programs for more sustainable and climate resilient practices will be tested, assessed, and ready for national replication.

All project activity will target the reduction of food security issues by setting in place capacities required for local communities to maintain and enhance ecosystem integrity on three pilot islands: Abemama, Maiana and Nonouti. By project close, Kiribati should have operational models showing that food security, ecosystem integrity and climate change resilience can be enhanced through improved management approaches.

Activity Reports

Abemama activity report

Maiana Island Survey

Report On Cookery and Hospitality Training in Nonouti


Press Release


Launching of the project – Enhancing Food Security in the Context of Global Climate Change, Abemama

Launching of the Project – Enhancing Food Security in the Context of Global Climate Change, Nonouti.

Launching of the Project – Enhancing Food Security in the Context of Global Climate Change, Maiana.



Roll out of the Food Security Project Activities on Abemama

Roll out of the Food Security Project Activities on Nonouti

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

Cookery and Hospitality Training Conducted in Nonouti Island

Fisheries and Cultural focus at Nonouti