The future of food and food systems in the Pacific will play a key role in supporting the region, the planet’s recovery and revival from COVID-19, and the long-term health, resilience and prosperity of the Pacific people.
The first United Nations Food Summit, held on 23 September 2021 is an opportunity for the Pacific countries to not only be heard, but to also share the region’s contribution to the global food system, including game-changing solutions grounded in the culture, knowledge and innovations that the region brings to this global summit.
The ocean is at the centre of the Pacific food system, but communities are now on the frontlines of climate change impacts which are compounding existing challenges including a high dependance on food imports and a crisis of non-communicable diseases.
Pacific countries have been addressing these challenges through a series of national and regional dialogues in the lead up to the Summit. The game changing solutions proposed provide a blueprint and critical forward progress to ensure all in the region are well fed and can reap equitable benefits from the global food system.
Some Pacific collaborative actions that can be highlighted in this context are found below. This includes four video shorts that provide a brief glimpse into Pacific food system components through the lens of communities in Tonga. These stories are a sample of the issues and solutions that people in the rural Pacific face from day-to-day.