According to an article by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the South Pacific nations are often subject to many environmental constraints in agricultural development, coupled with extreme climatic conditions in recent years. That means food insecurity and malnutrition have emerged in various regions.
To enhance the food supply chains, promote the idea of a balanced and healthy diet, and gradually reduce the risk of non-commutable diseases epidemics, the Taiwan International Cooperation Development Foundation (Taiwan ICDF) tries to increase the diversified vegetable and fruit producing capacity and provide solution to congenital environmental impacts such as infertile soil and insufficient natural resources by introducing hydroponic system to South Pacific.
The approaches include the conduction of technical trainings, cooperation on production and improvement of cultivation management, improvement of the healthy diet, monitoring health conditions, and enhancing the capacity of school kitchen.
The Taiwan ICDF integrates different approaches to create new value in technical cooperation. Since 2020, the specialists for hydroponic techniques and nutrition will be recruited.
The bilateral cooperation can not only ameliorate the food security issue, reduce the malnutrition population and the risk of NCDs such as cardiovascular, diabetes, and kidney disease, but promote the agricultural economic development of various countries in need.