Tourism to Tanna up by 38%, Santo up by 28% on last year

A must-see on any tourist's itinerary on Tanna – a visit to Yasur volcano. Photo: Vanuatu Tourism

A must-see on any tourist’s itinerary on Tanna – a visit to Yasur volcano. Photo: Vanuatu Tourism

With renewal and renovation and upgrading being key to just about every business activity since Cyclone Pam, it was good to learn today that cyclone-hit Tanna bungalows are Read the rest of this entry »


Govt to reveal position on PACER Plus following briefings, says PM

PM Charlot Salwai… to decide Vanuatu's position on PACER Plus shortly. Photo: Graham Crumb/imagicity.com (CC BY-SA 3.0)

PM Charlot Salwai… to decide Vanuatu’s position on PACER Plus shortly. Photo: Graham Crumb/imagicity.com (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Vanuatu’s women battle for their livelihoods against double blow of cyclone and drought

More than half of Vanuatu’s population of more than 270,000 was affected by Cyclone Pam. Around 96% of crops were destroyed, leaving many women without food or produce to sell. In the year after the cyclone, a prolonged El Niño-fuelled drought prevented replanting, causing months of crop failure, a shortage of water and food and the decimation of the livelihoods of market vendors, the majority of whom are women. UN Women has been working with market vendors, market councils and Vanuatu’s provincial and national government and the Australian Government to help women restore women’s livelihoods and help build resilience to future external shocks like Cyclone Pam. UN Women through its Markets for Change project helped establish vendor associations in Vanuatu and other Pacific islands.
Below are portraits and testimonies of the women who are part of the Silae Vanua Market Vendor Association, which is supported by UN Women.

“Breastfeeding is hard when we don’t have much water. I use the salt water and the small amount of freshwater we have for the children.”

“Breastfeeding is hard when we don’t have much water. I use the salt water and the small amount of freshwater we have for the children.”

A trained nurse-aide, Lody Samson, 39, is a mother of three children under 14, including son Solomon Samson who is 8 months old. The coastal village of Koinga where she lives was hit hard by Cyclone Pam, which spoiled their food crops. Now most of the village’s water tanks are empty. Lody and her husband feed people who come to the church, but the lack of water makes it difficult.

Photo: UN Women/Murray Lloyd

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Runway renovations end Monday; Bribery MPs lose appeal, ineligible for 10 years; free seeds

A bonus after Cyclone Pam and this year's El Niño: free seeds to be given out next week in Port Vila. Photo: FAO

A boon for food security after Cyclone Pam and this year’s El Niño: free seeds to be given out next week in Port Vila. Photo: FAO

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