From The Crowd

Fijian salt making – 50-year-old traditional knowledge revived

In December 2019, UNDP Fiji through the Accelerator Lab Pacific embarked on an experiment to understan d the interplay between traditional knowledge, cultural identity and climate resilience. Our research indicated that resilient communities used traditional...

12th April

Industrial fishing – ‘An issue woefully neglected by the media’

WHEN the BBC made a film about the crisis in our oceans, it somehow managed to avoid naming the greatest cause of their ecological destruction: the fishing industry. The only significant sequence on fishing in 2017’s Blue Planet II was a heartwarming story about how kind Norwegian herring boats are to orcas. It presented industrial...

11th April

What’s not to like about Easter

Rain Most of the Easters I remember involved seriously wet weather. That may be why I remember those particular Easters, but there seems an awful lot of them. The one burnt forever into my mind is the time my mother must have got stuck with me in a small caravan on a beachside campground that had absolutely nothing to...

10th April

OPINION: Women not left behind

The the tail end of a difficult year, an organisation at the frontline of providing a safe pathway for women who survive violence was at the brink of not being able to deliver critical services. The organisation Voice for Change which is based in Jiwaka Province, Papua New Guinea, operates in an extremely difficult environment that is remote and...

OPINION: Adopt stronger laws

Whenever national cybersecurity policy is discussed, the same stories come up again and again. Whether the examples are called acts of cyberwar, cyberespionage, hacktivism, or cyberterrorism, they all affect national interest, and there is a corresponding call for some sort of national cyberdefence. Unfortunately, it is very diffi cult to identify attackers and their motivations in cyberspace. As a result, nations...

Changing lifestyle

A healthy diet helps to protect against malnutrition in all its forms, as well as a range of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other conditions. However, increased production of processed foods, rapid urbanisation and changing lifestyles have led to a shift in dietary patterns. People are now consuming more foods high in energy, fats, free sugars and salt/sodium, and many people do...

The Pacific food revolution for your eyes

It was a great surprise and honour that Gordon Peake approached us to be the guinea pigs/first interviewees for Devpol’s inaugural “Memorandum of Understanding” podcast. Gordon and podcast curator Julia Bergin have since encouraged us to buck the “literary silences” and write about development in an engaging manner. “Use your zestiest voice” was Gordon’s advice to us as we started piecing...

Talanoa: Dreams can come true

Bula readers! Today marks the 100th day of the year and if you have any personal goals to achieve whether it be health, academic, career, or even sporting, today is a great day to start living those dreams towards success. Talking of personal goals, this week, a relative of mine contacted me from Australia and was feeling rather depressed as he had just celebrated...

Tribute to Prof David Harrison

Professor David Harrison passed away on the morning of April 6 2021 in a London hospice with Senimili Kamikamica, his loving wife at his side. He courageously fought a debilitating cancer for a number of years. He is remembered with respect, admiration and fondness as a great scholar, teacher, mentor and thesis supervisor. He is known for his independent and...

Repeated denial of march permits

Lately applying for a permit to march by the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) has become a bit of a joke. Everyone expects the applications to be refused. For whatever reason, the Police will consistently deny FTUC and by extension the public the right to exercise the right to peacefully march and protest. So this makes us ask where the Fiji...

The impact of COVID-19 on primary health care

Primary healthcare (PHC) became a core policy for WHO in 1978 with the Alma Ata Declaration. There have been rapid changes seen in health status and trends, demography, socioeconomic trends, governments and WHO’s priorities and their ways of working inclusive of guidance, technical and professional support while pandemics evolved. Primary care by non-governmental organisations (NGO) and the private care (PC) have increasingly developed in the...

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