THE Solomon Islands national statistics office has received a copy of the Regional Food Security Atlas, which is said will go a long way in helping the country in its efforts towards improving food security and nutritional status.
The National Statistics Office (NSO) has thanked the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the work of the United Nations World Food Programme (WIP) for the mutual relationship and sharing of information.
Government Statistician, Douglas Kimi highlighted this when handed a copy of the 2018 Regional Food Security Atlas of the Pacific by the SPC.
Elenoa Diani, Geographic Information System (GIS) Consultant – Pacific: Food Security Analysis (Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping) Unit: United Nations World Food Programme (WIP) presented the Atlas to Mr Kimi last week at the NSO.
Acknowledging the SPC, Kimi said the Atlas will helpful to the NSO to ensure it guide its effort to collect natural disaster and food security related statistics in the country that can help legislators improve food security and nutritional status of all Solomon Islanders.
The 2018 Atlas provides a spatial overview of the core issues that affect food security across the Pacific Island Countries (PICs).
Divided into nine topical sections, the Atlas provides the reader with information and knowledge on the causes and outcomes of food security and nutrition in the region.
The Pacific is prone to natural disaster. To be able to respond quickly and effectively after the occurrence of a disaster, accurate and up to date data is essential.
The Regional Food Security Atlas of the Pacific is intended to provide a baseline of statistical information that can be helpful to decision makers to improve food security and the nutritional status of vulnerable people across the Pacific Island Countries.
It is hoped that the 2018 Food Security Atlas for the Pacific will contribute to attaining the Sustainable Development Goal 2: end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
The Regional Food Security Atlas of the Pacific is a joint publication by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the World Food Programme (WFP). It is generously funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.