Posted by : Quoting Radio New Zealand Posted on : 26-Aug-2020

“Pacific households are being surveyed to find out how food security is being affected by the pandemic.

“The World Food Programme (WFP) is contacting people by phone in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga and plans to expand the survey to other countries.

“Director of WFP's Pacific Multi-Country Office Jo Pilgrim said the pandemic's destruction of the tourism industry had left Pacific people vulnerable.

"Covid is having an impact on the livelihoods of people in the Pacific. WFP has started what we call mobile vulnerability analysis mapping on food security situations in Pacific countries."

“Pilgrim said questions were asked about access to food, ability to afford food and whether food was still available in local markets.

"We'll make that information available to Pacific governments and their partners to help them make decisions about what needs to be done to address whatever situations this monitoring identifies."

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