Vanuatu

Vanuatu is the most as risk country to natural disaster. We have been partnering with the people of Vanuatu and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade New Zealand Aid Programme since 1980.


  • Population270,402
  • Villages6
  • Temp25°C
Vanuatu was devastated by Cyclone Pam in 2015, the most intense tropical cyclone in the history of the south Pacific. Just months later the El Niño weather pattern left much of the country in drought. Vanuatu is still recovering from these disasters today. 

Access to education and sanitation, resilience to disaster and adequate nutrition present the biggest challenges here. In Vanuatu, 40 per cent of children under five are malnourished and only 9.5 per cent of children make it to their final year of schooling. This has compounded pre-existing hardships, where communities already struggle with low income and low levels of formal employment.  
 

We're working to build communities where children can thrive in Vanuatu. We have already achieved great things.

has been saved by 14 new savings groups on Tanna Island
increase in the average annual income in Sanma Province
farmers are empowered to teach others about crop diversification and how to improve productivity on Tanna Island

We're working to increase family income on Tanna Island

We're working to increase family income on Tanna Island
The re-invigoration of agricultural industries, particularly coffee, since Cyclone Pam and a lengthy El Niño is now more important than ever, as it is an essential source of income for the most vulnerable farmers.

With financial support from AuCom Electronics and the New Zealand Aid Programme, we are working alongside local communities and our partner, Mojo Coffee, to increase family income in south west Tanna Island so parents can afford to feed their families nutritious food and be able to send them to school.

We are assisting farmers to improve production, processing and marketing of coffee, with technical support provided by our partner, Mojo Coffee. We are also working to improve other crops, establish Savings Groups and providing disaster risk reduction training.
 
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