While Pacific Island countries have, for the most part, avoided major health crises triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic, they nevertheless face significant threats from the economic conditions it has brought about. In the North Pacific, these conditions pose a significant threat to food and nutrition security in countries largely dependent on food imports and the movement of goods, which are now significantly curtailed by reduced international and inter- island connectivity.
Furthermore, COVID-19 has worsened social divisions and inequalities at an alarming rate, reversing many development gains and highlighting the need for a more effective approach to achieving sustainable outcomes. To achieve this, SPC is implementing the ‘ISACC: North Pacific Food Security Governance Project’, funded by USAID with the generous support of the American people.
The project aims to put Pacific people at the heart of food security and emergency response frameworks, to ensure locally ownership, contextualised approaches and sustainable outcomes.
PLANET is the set of guiding principles for implementing a People Centred Approach to development, including food security and emergency response. The application of this framework helps to maximise social and environmental outcomes.
P - Participation: to the greatest possible extent, facilitate the direct and meaningful participation of aﬀected people and communities in food security and emergency response.
L - Link to rights: All food security and emergencyresponse programmes will be guided by humanrights standards, commitments and normative frameworks.
A - Accountability: Information on food security and emergency response work being done and money being spent, is made available to aﬀected communities.
N - Non-discrimination: Food security and emergency response programmes will benefit all communities equitably and not discriminate on any grounds.
E - Empowerment: All food security and emergency response programmes will empower Pacifc people in all their diversities with knowledge and expertise.
T - Transforming social norms: All food security and emergency response programmes will work to transform systemic barriers to sustainable development.