Three farming communities in Vanuatu have benefited from new and improved farming practices and technologies between 2011-2015, courtesy of the NARI EU-ARD project.
Through the EU funded regional research and development project, and in partnership with the Vanuatu Department of Agriculture, NARI has worked with the farming communities to improve village-based agriculture for food security and income.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has instructed MPs from 30 drought and frost vulnerable districts in PNG to put K500, 000 each from their DSIP funds into a drought copying project developed by NARI. NARI Director General Dr Sergie Bang, who presented the proposal to O’Neill on November 9 2015, said the Prime Minister has accepted NARI’s proposal wholeheartedly and announced that the first districts to start with are Kundiawa/Gembogl and Ialibu /Pangia.
The Derin community in the Trans-Gogol area of Madang is enjoying purified and clean water despite water shortage caused by the current El Nino drought.
The ’biosand filter’ technology, introduced by NARI and BOKU to help the rural community having access to clean water during water shortage as a result of extreme climatic conditions, has proven worthwhile for households in Derin.