Vulnerability and resilience of Pacific Island food systems in the face of climate change

PAcificIslandFoodSysI’m grateful to an old Fijian friend of mine for linking me up with Dr Mary Taylor. She was a lead editor for an exhaustive 573 page book on the ‘Vulnerability of Pacific Island agriculture and forestry to climate change’. I caught up with her in Wales, where she now lives, but she spent 22 years working in the Pacific, 8 years in Samoa, and 14 in Fiji, where she was manager of the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT), the regional gene bank. The book covers the Pacific Communities, agriculture and climate change and examines the vulnerability of staple food crops, export commodities, horticultural crops, livestock and forests to climate change. A key finding was that the traditional farming systems were best in terms of resilience. You can hear more in this interview:

Click here for a pdf of the book. Here are some further references:

  1. Mary Taylor, Vincent Lebot, Andrew McGregor, Robert J. Redden  2018 Sustainable Production of Roots and Tuber Crops for Food Security under Climate Change IN Food Security and Climate Change: Shyam S. Yadav, Robert J. Redden, Jerry L. Hatfield, Andreas W. Ebert, Danny Hunter (EDs)   Wiley Online Libraray https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119180661.ch15
  2. Bell J and Taylor M. 2015. Building climate-resilient food systems for Pacific Islands. Penang, Malaysia: WorldFish. Program Report: 2015-15 https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/33720745.pdf
  3. C. Cvitanovic et al. 2016 Linking adaptation science to action to build food secure Pacific Island communities Climate Risk Management (2016), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.crm.2016.01.003
  4. Bell J, Taylor M, Amos M, Andrew N. 2016. Climate change and Pacific Island food systems. CCAFS and CTA. Copenhagen, Denmark and Wageningen, the Netherlands. https://hdl.handle.net/10568/75610
  5. Kaoh et al. 2016 More resilient cropping systems for food security and livelihoods in the Pacific islands. Acta Horticulturae DOI:10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1129.8/ https://www.researchgate.net/publication/311332447_More_resilient_cropping_systems_for_food_security_and_livelihoods_in_the_Pacific_islands
  6. Lebot, V 2013 Coping with insularity: the need for crop genetic improvement to strengthen adaptation to climate change and food security in the Pacific Environ Dev Sustain DOI 10.1007/s10668-013-9445-1
  7. A.M. McGregor, L.D. Tora, V. Lebot 2016 Planting breadfruit orchards as a climate change adaptation strategy for the Pacific islands https://www.actahort.org/books/1128/1128_8.htm

About Geoff Tansey

I curate the Food Systems Academy, a free, on-line, open education resource to transform our food systems. I was also a member of the Food Ethics Council from 2000-2021 and chaired the independent Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty, which reported in 2015.
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