Climate Change and Agriculture in Samoa


The following activities are being supported under the USAID Climate Change and Food Security Project in Samoa:

Climate change adaptation project

Samoa 2The project aimed to evaluate and implement innovative techniques and management approaches to increasing the climate change resilience of terrestrial food production systems for communities in Samoa. It did so by introducing integrated agricultural production systems after conducting vulnerability assessments at selected sites. Activities were supported by improved land-system data and analysis tools such as vegetation and land use mapping and the application of GIS.

The pilot sites in Samoa, reflecting integrated agricultural farming systems, were established in two communities: Sapapali’i and Savaii. The communities were chosen based on their ‘ridge‐to‐reef’ landscapes, exposure to extremes of weather, solid governance structures and the presence of existing partner organizations working in both communities. Vulnerability assessments, including participatory rural assessments, were conducted for both sites to identify and prioritize adaptation measures.

Further information can be found in the following:

Technical assistance with mainstreaming of climate change and improving adaptation strategies

In Samoa, the USAID project has supported:

Training and Capacity Building

The project aimed to build national capacity to utilise GIS tools and techniques to help identify key areas of food supply vulnerability, and monitor vegetation and land cover change over time. Capacity building was also provided to facilitate the development of national and community agriculture related adaptation response strategies.

As part of the USAID Food Security project, the trainings below were delivered in Samoa:


Follow the Samoa USAID Climate Change and Food Security project video  link to view the short documentary.