The National Disaster Operations Committee Livelihood Sector is implementing a mechanism that will ensure the safe delivery of fresh food and vegetables from outside the Honiara Emergency Zone into the city and vice versa.
In accordance with the Livelihood Sector Response Plan, which had commenced with food being provided to communities during the recent lockdown, the proposed system will be a joint operation linking the Livelihood Sector Committee, RSIPF, Health team and fresh food venders.
A statement from the government explained, “Adherence of health protocols will be monitored by the Health team. Police takes charge of traffic rules & public safety while the Livelihood Sector Committee liaise with exempted farmers and vendors to ensure the transfer of food are done properly.”
Interested vendors will need to apply formally for exemption. Additional requirements include proof of vaccination, Swab and COVID 19 free, undergo training on PPE and Safety, Valid Driver’s License, Valid business licence from Honiara City Council and Guadalcanal Province.
Livelihood is a critical component of any public health emergency response from a food security and livelihood point of view. It ensures all people have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious foods to meet their dietary needs, boost immune system, and maintain their health to fight Covid-19 and other diseases.