Ecotourism packages featured prominently at the recent Cultural Trade Fair held on the island of Abemama from 12 – 13 March 2021.

An initiative by the Cultural and Museum Division of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and in collaboration with government stakeholders, the Cultural Trade Fair showcased how the Cultural Trade Fair showcased how maintaining our traditional knowledge and skills can address food security challenges in response to the adverse impacts of climate change on the island.

Consistent with the aim of the event, the Reina village ecotourism venture showcased it’s agritourism package, including a delightful food presentation of local produce when it catered for morning tea and lunch on Day 1 of the event.

Baretoa village, well known for their unique cultural entertainment provided guests with a unique flavour of Abemama through traditional songs and dance.

Mrs. Teitirua, the Island Development Officer (IDO), stated that “the two villages are very fortunate to have this opportunity as it enables them to showcase and promote what they have learnt, particularly food security initiatives that enhance visitor experience.”

Other activities at the Trade Fair included the sale of local food produce and handicraft, school competitions, Mauri wear fashion show, coconut games, and cooking competition.

TAK’s participation at this event was supported by the Kiribati LDCF (Least Developed Countries Fund) – Food Security Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility under the United Nations Development Program. A project initiated under the Environment and Conservation Division of the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Developments.

The event was held at Uee n Abemama Maneaba, on Kariatebike Village and was hailed a success by the organisers and people of Abemama.

Source : Kiribati Newsletter, 30 March 2021

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