The Micro Project Program or MPP features at least 50 micro-projects throughout the Vanua Levu and Viti Levu sugarcane belt in the Fiji Islands. These projects are mainly in the area of water supply and sanitation, education access/facilities, rural transport systems (access roads, construction and/or upgrade of existing foot bridges (including suspension bridges), upgrading of small bridges); rural electrification and housing/kitchen upgrade facilities and infrastructure.
The Project’s objectives
The project aims to restore the livelihoods of sugarcane belt communities with reduced vulnerabilities to future shocks and to encourage income-generating initiatives.
Aim 1: Increased equitable access to basic infrastructure services by women, men, boys and girls in the sugar cane belt.
Aim 2: increased equitable access to income generating options and sustainable livelihood development by women and men in the sugar cane belt.
The target beneficiaries will be the 200,000 people living in the sugar cane belt’s five provinces (an estimated 90,000 indo-Fijians and 104,000 native Fijians) whose livelihoods rely in whole or in part on sugar cane farming with 17,000 registered growers (of which 80% are indo-fijian) and 12,000 seasonal cane cutters.
The Micro Project Program addresses the collective infrastructural needs of communities in the sugar cane belt, rather than individual farmers, and also focuses on the needs of women household members in relation to on and off-farm activities
The MPP is a European Union funded project implemented through SPC.