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Food revolution puts traditional food back in the menu

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Pacific Island Food Revolution and PEJN partner in hosting media training here

Nuku’alofa – April 12, 2019: 10am (Nuku’alofa Times): Traditional food are being pushed back to the main menu for Pasifika people by the Pacific Island Food Revolution led by celebrity chef Robert Oliver.

In Tonga to launch the project’s Tonga series, Mr Oliver told a media workshop at the Davina House in Ma’ufanga on Wednesday morning that the people of the Pacific need to return to eating local grown food and marine resources.

He said this was important in the campaign to reduce Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

The revolution – which is a social movement using the power of reality TV, radio and social media to change people’s eating behaviour – is being launched in four different Pacific countries.

These are Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa.

Mr Oliver said that the answer to NCDs is within the Pacific – and that is in the abundance of healthy, natural food that we have.

Having grown in Fiji and spending most of his life in the region Mr Oliver says Pasifika people are lucky as we are living in Paradise.

The Revolution launch was done in Suva last week by Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Pilolevu Tuita.

Tonga’s launch of the TV series was done at the Davina House on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, the PIFR is partnered with the Pacific Environment Journalists Network here in Tonga to stage a two-day media training.

Global Communications Director Faumuina Felolini Tafuna’i of the PIFR today shared skills on camera and video shooting with the participants.

She said sharing with local media reps in the countries they are working in is part of their contribution back to the communities.

Local NGO Tutu on the Beach was also involved as co-facilitators in the video production topics.


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