Solomon Islands Organic Farming Model for Family Food and Nutritional Security
The blueprint to address food and nutrition security in small outer islands across Pacific island countries and territories that face the consequences of climate change, family food and nutrition insecurity and loss of biodiversity, was developed from the Kwai Island Organic Farming Model for Family Food and Nutrition Security, together with INHIM Community Care, Atori, East Malaita Province, Solomon Islands. Kwai Island is a tiny dot off the east coastline of Malaita, one of the small outer islands in the Solomon Islands. The people of Kwai generally live on seafoods. This model is now widely known around the Pacific. It was costly for islanders to procure vegetables and fruits from the mainland. Their sandy soils hinder the crop growth. We introduced ‘Sup-Sup’ home organic gardening. This facilitates proper waste segregation and island sanitation, as well as successful local organic production of fruits and vegetables of various colors. It is a simple approach that has allowed Kwai Islanders access to ‘rainbow-colored’ nutritious diverse organically grown foods. This small change has impacted greatly on the lives of the Kwai Islanders and has become a success story for other small outer islands across the Pacific. This model (blue print) was developed without money, but with full community participation and cost-sharing, which transformed the whole Kwai Island community to go into organic vegetable and fruit farming: from zero in the past to abundant and diverse food now. This model is a guide to reproduce it in other outer island communities (living on atolls vulnerable to global sea-level rise/king tides), across the Solomon Islands and in nearby Pacific countries as safety net to address food and nutrition insecurities. This video addresses family food and nutrition security in small outer island with sandy soils: Kwai Island, Solomon Islands. This Organic Farming Kwai Island model can be replicated in other outer islands/ atolls/ artificial islands around the Pacific Islands Countries and Territories.