More than 100 villagers will benefit from an Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Fiji and Latter Day Saints Charities New Zealand development pilot project at Navatuyaba Village, Rewa.
This, after villagers were presented with farming kits from the LDS Charities New Zealand as part of ADRA Fiji’s food and nutrition security, community resilience and economic sufficiency project.
The project focuses on vulnerable communities that were negatively impacted by COVID-19 and in need of immediate recovery on food security, economic sufficiency and building on resilience.
LDS Charities New Zealand Area Welfare Self Reliance manager Paul Reid and Area Education specialist Dean Westerlund were present at the event.
The team visited the project site and backyard gardens and listened to stories from villagers on how the project has impacted on their lives by providing them with much needed livelihood support.
Village headman Mario Nudei said the villagers had learnt a lot from the implementation of the project.
“We learnt about the food processing and value adding where we are able to utilize the available resources such as flour production from root crops.
“With the rise in the cost of living, the project has motivated us and supported our livelihood.
“We are no longer buying flour from the shop because we are making our own. “Women in the village get together once a week to produce flour. We are grateful to ADRA and LDS Charities for their support.”