Samoa

Agriculture, fisheries and tourism drive the small, open economy of Samoa with a population of less than 200,000. The agricultural sectorcontributes less than 10% to Samoas gross domestic product (GDP), subsistence farming and fishing dominate. Taro, coconut and banana are Samoas top three key commodities. Undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency (mainly iron) and obesity threaten the health of Samoans. 56% of household food expenditure of the very poor is on imported foods. Additionally, the consumption of fresh fruit, vegetables and fish has declined; instead low-cost, low-quality food has become the prominent food in many households.

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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 Samoa 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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