A knowledge sharing activity targeted at strengthening awareness on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Nasigatoka, Rewa enabled WWF to share its experiences in working with Cyclone prone communities of the Tikina of Nacula in Yasawa and provide snapshots to community representatives on how the women of Nacula have been empowered to identify and wisely utilise available root crops through Food Preservation methods to ensure that there is a steady supply of food during natural disaster.
WWF-Pacific Community Development officer Apolosa Robaigau emphasised that preparation is key to mitigating disasters adding that most communities in Fiji have a history of traditionally preserving and storing their food during times of natural disaster.
He added that traditionally resilient foods such as varieties of kumala, breadfruit ,yams need to be planted since they are resilient to pests and climatic conditions.
Assistant Roko Tui Rewa, Timoci Ratu highlighted that the DRR training is important since the 6 communities are working towards a 3 year Disaster Risk Reduction plan.
"I invited WWF to be part of the discussions and highlight in detail the methods of food preservation used by the communities in Yasawa, this is all part of enhancing their knowledge and strengthening communities of practice," Ratu said.
The six villages of Nukui, Nasigatoka, Naselai, Nukutubu, Nadoi and Nabua in Rewa were part of the DRR discussions facilitated by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).