Marshall Islands

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), with a total land area of only 181.5 km² distributed over 33 coral atolls, is positioned at the extreme of Micronesia. Coconut is the main crop, with copra (dried coconut) as main cash crop, followed by breadfruit, pandanus, banana, taro and arrowroot. There is a strong cash economy on Majuro and Ebeye, while a subsistence economy prevails on the outer islands. The Marshall Islands is heavily reliant on imports and has a large trade deficit. Food imports currently represent about 30% of the total value of the RMI’s national import bill. Tuna fishing by foreign vessels in Marshall Island waters is a source of revenue.

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Opportunities to strengthen the gender dimension in a Pacific agriculture, nutrition and value chain development project

The majority of agricultural production systems are structured by gender roles and responsibilities, and as a consequence, any attempt to intervene in value chains will affect gender relations in some way. This will inevitably have wider consequences for value chain effectiveness and efficiency”. Gender justice is valuable in itself, but pursuing it can be what the World Bank calls “smart economics”.

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Join the Marshall Islands discussion group for the project **Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands**.

This group, as well as the other country based groups created for the project, aims to support value chains actors in networking, knowledge exchange and interactive learning.

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