Vanuatu’s West Ambrym communities produce white copra

The communities are also producing virgin coconut oil under the guidance of VCO and white copra expert Andrew Kevu.

“Ambrym island is one of the first islands that has commenced to produce virgin coconut oil using the manual system including ‘Malekula Oil’  from Malekula island,” Kevu said.

 “Unfortunately we are left out in receiving assistance from the government through the Ministry of Trade in terms of improved facilities to produce virgin coconut oil."

Kevu is the founder of Bela Trading Vanuatu Company which began producing VCO in 2014.

10 families in evacuation centres a year after TC Harold hit Vanuatu

National Disaster Management Office, Provincial Disaster Officer in Santo, Kensly Micah said NDMO and partners are working to carry on the progress of recovery in affected areas.

Micah made the comments as disaster response partners in Santo organized a gathering to remember the hardships of families affected by Cyclone Harold.

The event which marked the first anniversary of TC Harold on 6 April, also honoured the hard work of officers supporting recovery in SANMA Province.

Farm Support Association and Napil Rural Training Centre conduct value chain vegetable production for young farmers

“The objective was to uplift the skills of young farmers and practice their farming knowledge,” says Peter Koah, the Association Director of Farm Support Association.

“The nurseries built will support the young farmers to produce off season vegetables to restore the income generating activities during COVID-19 and volcano ash falling training gaps.”

Peter Koah said the training was conducted by the Napil Rural Training Centre as hands on exercise in the respective location identified by young farmers.

Women’s political leadership in Vanuatu by Jennifer Kalpokas Doan

Her father was a leader of the independence movement in Vanuatu and, following in her father’s footsteps, Jennifer has been a tireless advocate for developmental and inclusive leadership in her country. As part of International Women’s Day celebrations in March, the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation invited Jennifer to be part of a public panel on women in leadership. This is her statement translated from Bislama.

US Peace Corp to return to Vanuatu

Vanuatu's Daily Post reported this was confirmed by the US Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Erin Elizabeth Mckee.

She said the Vanuatu Country Director for the Peace Corps, Penny Alexander, was due to finish her quarantine stint in Port Vila this week after undergoing mandatory testing for Covid-19.

Her arrival was described as the first key step for the Peace Corps to start processing the return of its volunteers to Vanuatu.

New reintegration programme for Vanuatu’s returned seasonal workers

The programme is jointly funded by the Governments of New Zealand and Australia and it is aimed at helping 37 budding entrepreneurs get their business ideas off the ground.

According to the High Commissioner, New Zealand’s support recognises that many returning RSE workers have skills, ideas, and capital to invest here in Vanuatu - for the good of the economy, their communities and families.

Vanuatu commemorates World Health Day

As the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others - entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age.

Since March 2020, the Ministry’s main priority has been to prepare for and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ministry’s efforts have been successful with the support of health development partners including the Australian Government through the Vanuatu Health Program (VHP), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF.

Vanuatu climate minister pleads guilty over airplane incident

Two charges relate to breaches of aviation security and one to Vanuatu's leadership code.

They stem from an incident a year ago involving Leingkon on a flight chartered specifically to fly him from Santo in Vanuatu's north to the capital Port Vila.

The minister was displaying signs of intoxication when he boarded the plane, before consuming more alcohol and attempting to smoke a cigarette in the cabin.

Product diversification in the plan for Vanuatu’s Malekula Oil

As one reads the brochure, it evokes a sense of warmth, tenderness and love and it’s perhaps these instincts and the resilience of those behind the business that has seen it navigate the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Founder Neil Netaf said Covid-19 has little impact as the main big business buyer in Port Vila still continues to buy from them on monthly basis.

This is Netaf’s story.

The journey

Vanuatu’s Nabanga Groups to hold fundraising concert for Fijian community hit by TC Ana

The  group is organizing a concert to raise funds for the construction of a community house for the people Kia Island in Fiji.

Nabanga Groups Marketing officer, Mike Esrom said Fiji supported Vanuatu in 2015 during the recovery phase after TC Pam.

“The concert is a community-based support initiative and funds raised will go towards a community shelter in Kia Island, also assisting Vanuatu students studying in Fiji. The message we wish to put out is that Vanuatu stands with Fiji families and friends during this challenges and hard times.”