Tonga Rural Innovation Project - Phase II
Tonga faces a number of economic challenges due to its small size and geographic remoteness. About 85 per cent of Tonga’s population resides in rural areas with agriculture and fisheries being their main livelihood activity. Climate change and poor nutrition negatively influence people’s livelihoods and wellbeing in Tonga. The rural population is declining due to migration and a lack of incentives for youth to remain in rural areas. Furthermore, Tonga is classified as the second most at-risk country in the world in terms of its exposure and susceptibility to natural hazards and the unfolding effects of climate change.
The Tonga Rural Innovation Project – Phase II, will improve livelihoods and help communities to be more resilient to the effects of climate change and extreme weather by helping them to identify where infrastructure is needed and supervise it’s being built to technical standards. Agricultural training and technical support will improve the quantity, quality and variety of agricultural production.
The project will reach 6,349 poor rural households in 122 rural communities in Tonga’s five main island groups. The project will also support each community to develop homestead gardens, in which a range of fruits and vegetables will be grown to improve people’s access to a variety of nutrients.
19 August 2017
2017 - 2023
Total Project Cost
US$ 11.78 million
US$ 7.5 million
Beneficiaries US$ 1.43 million
National Government US$ 2.73 million
DSF Grant/Highly Concessional