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Acknowledgements

This document is an outcome of various missions undertaken by Heather Booth, a demographer and social statistician with extensive experience in the Pacific Island region. The report was prepared under a consultancy agreement with the Women in Development Programme of the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Visits were made in April-May 1997 to the three Pacific Island countries covered in the report, namely Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa, in order to collect information and interview key people. A list of the individuals consulted appears as part of the report. Each one of them is gratefully acknowledged for their assistance which enabled FAO/RAP to prepare this report. Dr. Vili A. Fuavao, FAO Sub-Regional Representative for the Pacific Islands, is sincerely thanked for his support to this mission.

The report provides an analysis of the current status of gender and women's concerns in policies concerning natural resource management, agriculture and rural enterprise development in relation to food security. It also addresses data needs in order to address the gender aspects of these policies. Although the report is developed based on field visits to three island countries in the Pacific Region, we hope that the database framework that forms part of the document will provide guidelines for gender sensitive database development for other island countries in the region.

Women in Development Service
Sustainable Development Department Group (RAPS)
FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand
January 1999

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