Brief Bio. Karen Fukofuka, PGDipPH , NZRD, PGDipDiet , BCApS , BSc My family relocated to Port Vila early this year. I have only just started working on a short term consultancy work for WHO to develop the national food security policy for Vanuatu.
Karen Fukofuka, PGDipPH, NZRD, PGDipDiet, BCApS, BSc
My family relocated to Port Vila early this year. I have only just started working on a short term consultancy work for WHO to develop the national food security policy for Vanuatu.
Prior to relocation, I previously worked as the Nutrition Adviser for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) over the last five and half years. During my term with SPC, I was a member the Food Security Working Group that developed the Framework for Action on Food Security in the Pacific. I also supported several countries to develop their national plans to improve food security.
As a Pacific Islander, I love food, especially our local foods. As a Public Health Nutritionist, I am passionate about promoting and protecting our local foods
Building resilience to climate change in the Pacific
Karen Fukofuka, Pacific Nutritionist
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Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
(World Food Summit 2009)
World Food Summit, 1996/2009)
“When climate change affects one area, other areas feel the repercussions.“
(Ulu o Tokelau, FouaToloa. 2011, draught induced water shortage)
Pacific people are aware of the vulnerability and fragility of our ecosystems and learnt to cope. However as the extreme changes in weather patterns increase in frequency and intensity, the ability to adapt and cope may not be able to keep up, threatening our way of life, our very existence as Pacific people
All people in the Pacific have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life
To strengthen and improve:
Commitment and leadership from highest political level is required
Robust & secure healthy food supply
Physical existence of food be it through local production or imports
The food is available, accessible in sufficient quantities is also safe, nutritious and preferred
Ability of the human body to utilise the food.
Food is accessible and available in sufficient quantities to meet nutritional and health needs
How well household and individuals utilise their available resources (capital, labour skills, knowledge) to access available food
STABLE FOOD SUPPLY SYSTEM
The risks of economic, political (price surges) and environmental (climate variability) shocks that jeopardize healthy food availability and access all the time