Increased population in Honiara leads to food security issues
Quoting the Island Sun newspaper – 14 February 2019
“INCREASED population density in and around Honiara creates major issues for food security, it is reported.
“According to 2018 Food Security report in the country it states in the past decade the capital has experienced significant urban growth in which has become a concern for food security.
“The report states that food security has become a distress because urban residents are less able to have and maintain the household gardens that rural Solomon Islanders rely on for their daily food needs and income security.
“Also the finding says urban dwellers produce as little as 10-15percent of their own food, while those in rural areas produce as much as 60 percent of their own food.
“The survey additional revealed growing urban centres such as Honiara, Auki, Gizo and Noro are now home to two-thirds of all urban Solomon Islanders.
“With that the report addressed it is important to understand the economic relationships that exist between small holder agricultural producers and increasing urban populations, particularly concerning the provision of fresh food.”
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