United States Supports Climate-Smart Agriculture in Papua New Guinea (March 8, 2016)

Port Moresby and Kwikila, Rigo District, Central Province, Papua New Guinea: The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) has awarded a grant to ChildFund PNG to strengthen the agricultural resilience and adaptive capacity of 12 agricultural communities in Rigo District, Central Province. ChildFund will receive $512,045 for its project Adaptive, Resilient, and Productive Agriculture in PNG, which will be implemented over two years. The project was officially launched by U.S. and PNG officials led by Mr. Joel Maybury, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby.

Quoting President Barack Obama, Mr. Maybury said, “No challenge poses a greater threat to our future and future generations than a change in climate…because of its magnitude and its scope, that if we don’t get it right, we may not be able to reverse, and we may not be able to adapt sufficiently.”

Pacific Island nations are among the most vulnerable in the world to the impacts of climate change. An estimated half of the population lives within one mile of the coastline. The economy of this region depends heavily on aquaculture, tourism, forestry, and agriculture, which are all vulnerable to the effects of climate change. In March last year, Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam caused widespread destruction, affecting more than half of the country’s population and underscoring the need to build resiliency across the region.

Mr. Maybury expressed the American people’s commitment to the well-being of the people of Vanuatu. “I am happy with the partnerships and commitment forged today in building climate resilience. President Obama has called this century the Pacific Century, and under his leadership the United States is building on its long relationship with the region,” he added.

USAID’s Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) is a key initiative of the U.S. Government to support Pacific countries to identify, develop, and implement local solutions to climate change adaptation that also make global contributions. PACAM assists 12 Pacific Island countries to reduce long-term vulnerabilities associated with climate change by awarding grants to civil society organizations in support of climate change adaptation measures.

ChildFund, a non-government, non-profit organization is known for its work in providing sustainable improvements in the lives of children, their families, and their communities. With this grant from PACAM, ChildFund will work with communities to strengthen their agricultural resilience and adaptive capacity to improve food security.