Women’s economic empowerment critical to safeguarding food supply
Fresh food shortages caused by cyclone Winston have highlighted the essential role of women in the food supply chain in Fiji.
Aleta Miller, Representative for UN Women in Fiji, said the lack of fresh produce for women to sell at markets combined with customers with no money to spend ends up impacting whole families.
“The money that women earn selling at the markets is often used to pay for their children’s schooling and medical care, as well as for day-to-day expenses and food. Without a regular income these things become unaffordable and families have to make choices between competing priorities,” said Aleta.