The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has told delegates at the Pacific Food Summit in Vanuatu that the Pacific Plan can help ensure food security in the region.
The summit, which finishes on Friday, is working on a regional framework to help developing countries struggling to cope with the costs of imports and the ongoing struggle to grow foods in often marginal soils.
The deputy secretary general of the Forum's secretariat, Feleti Teo, says the Pacific Plan, which aims to enhance regional co-operation, can help.
He says there are a number of initiatives under the Plan such as help with the transportation of food from outlying islands to urban markets.
"We do have a shipping initiative under the Pacific Plan, sub -regional shipping, so it's those initiatives that complement work that will be undertaken under the framework for actions on food security in the Pacific. So I think there are a lot of initiatives under the Pacific Plan that are already in place that [are] complementary to initiatives that will fall out of the Pacific framework."
The deputy secretary general of the Forum's secretariat, Feleti Teo