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Micro-Projects Program (MPP)

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Submitted by Amali Shaw on November 16, 2016 - 10:54am
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The Micro-Projects Program (MPP) funded by the European Union and managed by the Pacific Community (SPC) is part of the recovery response to Tropical Cyclone Winston that strike Fiji on 20 February 2016. Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston was the strongest tropial cyclone on record to have made landfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Striking Fiji as a Category 5 on 20 February 2016, Winston inflicted extensive damage on many islands and killed 43 people. The sugar cane belt communities - the target beneficiaries of the MPP were severely affected by Winston. b

MPP has two components:

Component 1: focuses on water supply, sanitation and hygiene facilities and practices. Implemented by SPC's Geoscience Division.

Component 2:  Rural electrification and income generation opportunities. The rural electrification component targets the sugar cane belt areas. implemented by SPC's Economic Development Division (Energy program).

The overall objective of the Micro-projects Program is to mitigate the adverse effects of the EU sugar proce reform and the overall decline of the sugar industry on the most disadvantaged groups within the sugar cane belt areas. Specific objective is to reduce social, economic and environmental vulnerability of sugar cane farmers and mill workers impacted by the sugar reform.

Key words: Sugar cane belt areas, rural electrification, EU, MPP

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