Pacific Islands

  • USAID’s support in nearly 160 communities across nine Pacific Island countries has not only met critical life sustaining needs, such as water and shelter, but also built the capacity of communities to make decisions grounded on scientific evidence.

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  • Julia earns three times more per month now that she practices organic agriculture. Read how she and other farmers in Fiji are making the most of their land while securing more food and income.

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  • Taro cultivation is improving livelihoods as well as food security in Palau, a country that is heavily dependent on imported food products.

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  • “Resilient development requires everyone across all sectors of the economy and society to work together.” The U.S. Government partners with the FSM Government to develop effective environmental and disaster preparedness projects.

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  • USAID, the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia and the International Organization for Migration mark the completion of reconstruction activities in Yap State.

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  • “No mangroves, no fish.” Community members in Pari, Papua New Guinea learn how human behavior affects the mangroves and develop plans of their own to plant trees, maintain backyard nurseries and rehabilitate the shorelines.

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  • A Papua New Guinea man wears a woman’s meri blouse, pledging his support against gender-based violence. “We must put ourselves in women’s shoes. I wear this blouse to show my respect for women and to support the stop of violence against women.”

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Pacific Islands Broaden Preparation for Weather Disasters
Kitchen Gardens Flourish in Samoa
Kitchen Gardens Flourish in Samoa
Turning Trauma into Triumph in Papua New Guinea
Turning Trauma into Triumph in Papua New Guinea

About Pacific Islands

The Pacific Islands are on the front lines of a variety of worldwide challenges, in particular climate variabilities and natural disasters. With some areas in the Pacific Islands only 15 feet above sea level, these nations are among the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of extreme weather disturbances and other environmental challenges and they are some of the least able to respond. The United States has significant security and trans-border interests in the region, which is home to more than 8.5 million people and supports fisheries and forests that are critical to local livelihoods and the global food supply.

USAID assistance to Pacific Island countries focuses on environment and disaster resilience across the region and HIV/AIDS prevention, control and treatment in Papua New Guinea. We work with Pacific Island governments, bilateral and multilateral donors and the private sector to ensure that USAID programs have the greatest possible impact.

The Pacific Island countries are rich in culture, history and biodiversity. More than 1,000 languages are spoken and national populations range from less than 10,000 to more than 7 million. The region also supports valuable fisheries that are critical to local livelihoods and the global food supply. Yet the islands’ very existence is threatened by extreme weather events, natural disasters and infectious diseases.

USAID helps the Pacific Island countries reduce vulnerability to natural disasters and environmental degradation; supports disaster risk reduction and recovery; and assists the government and civil society in Papua New Guinea to expand HIV prevention, care and treatment.

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Pacific Islands Regional Profile

Last updated: February 19, 2019

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Contact Information

Mission Contact

Lawrence Hardy II, Mission Director
USAID/Pacific Islands Regional Office
U.S. Embassy
158 Princes Road, Suva
Pacific Islands
+679 331-4466 ext. 8220

USAID Contact

Michael Glees, Desk Officer
U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
, DC 
(202) 712-4728