Food Coalition

Inputs from HiHi-FAO Solomon Islands to the corporate umbrella programme for COVID-19 response

While Solomon Islands has been successful in averting a COVID-19 health crisis with no positive cases reported to date, the pandemic’s impact across the nation has been significant, with a state of emergency issued, border closures and limited access to food supply and livelihood opportunities.

In many Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS), imported foods constitute half of an average person’s food intake. However, most rural populations produce and consume their own food. Whilst Solomon Islands has a price control mechanism for foods considered essential (including rice, vegetable oil, milk, salt, canned tuna, sugar), the prices of other, non-controlled foods (such as fruits, vegetables, and livestock) have increased due to domestic supply chain disruptions. Access to seeds, fertilizers and livestock feed are hampered by lockdown, border closures and a shortage of supply in exporting countries.

Furthermore, Tropical Cyclone Harold which struck Solomon Islands in early April 2020 exacerbated the impact of COVID-19 on food security across the country, with crops, fruit trees and markets decimated across at least four provinces – Western, Guadalcanal, Malaita, and Makira.

Quality and real-time data is important to respond to the structural effects of the pandemic and design well-informed policy interventions that promote medium and long-term changes to achieve more sustainable and resilient food systems, able to provide healthy diets for all.

Priority Areas of work: Other
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
Level: Country
Country: Solomon Islands
Budget: USD 350 000 to USD 500 000

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