Livelihoods recovery for flood-affected families in Nadi

08 Aug 2012

(Nadi, Fiji) – More than 850 women and men will be employed for next two weeks as part of a livelihoods recovery project.  The programme, Livelihoods Recovery for Women and Other Most Vulnerable People Affected by Floods in Fiji Islands, started in Nadi today. It seeks to support market vendors, farmers and families living in informal settlements, affected by flooding earlier this year.

The programme aims to assist participants in their financial recovery by providing a temporary source of cash income in exchange for work related to restoration of livelihoods activities, small-scale socio-economic infrastructure rehabilitation and improving preparedness for future floods.

Ms Sangita Chand, a participant of the Cash for Work, said that the programme has been timely and will assist needy families in their efforts to recover from the devastating floods.

The women and men of Nadi being supported through the programme will clean the Nadi market area and its surroundings and plant vegetables that can support their family consumption or be sold at market in a few months.

Mr Nemia Tagi, the CEO for the Nadi Town Council is confident that the programme will assist in the recovery efforts of Nadi Town.  

UN Women and UNDP have conducted research and compiled the socio-economic profile of market vendors in Fiji, which shows that about 80 percent of market vendors in the Western Division are women and with average weekly earnings of between FJD$126 to $250.00. Approximately 60 percent of market vendors grow their own produce for sale, and mainly sell vegetables, root crops and fruits. These vendors work on average 10-hour days, six days a week. Vendor incomes in Fiji fluctuate quite a bit depending on several factors. The floods that affected Fiji earlier have caused setbacks for farmers and market vendors.

This initiative follows a similar cash for work programme from which around 350 market vendors and farmers in Rakiraki in the Western Division benefitted in April-June. 84  percent of the beneficiaries in Rakiraki were women. The review of the programme conducted early June confirms the contribution of the programme in supporting vulnerable population to “get back on their feet” and re-establish their livelihood after natural disasters.

The cash for work programme for livelihoods recovery is implemented by the United Nation Development Programme, UNDP in partnership with the Government of Fiji, UN Women, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and UN Volunteers with financial support from the Government of Australia through AusAID.

Contact Information

Shobhna Decloitre, UNDP Communications Specialist on (679) 3300399 or Shobhna.decloitre@undp.org