Western Samoa is one of the most vulnerable countries from climate changes due to its
geographic location, and as agriculture is a main industry on the island, this sector is
vulnerable to different risks such as tropical cyclones, heavy rainfall or droughts. Samoa
could in theory be self-sufficient, but imports large quantities of processed foods which
is affecting the health of the population in a negative way. The purpose of the thesis is
to create an understanding of how the development of indigenous agriculture in Samoa
can lead to increasing efficiency and sustainability and a decrease of the need for
development aid and economical support from family members abroad.
The thesis uses a deductive approach and data collection is performed by using semistructured
interviews as well as observations. Secondary data has been gathered from
databases, previous research and modern media.
Through the study it has been explored that the resilience towards climate shocks has to
improve in order to maintain a long-term sustainable development. Increased resilience
is achieved by reducing the amount of vulnerabilities. Western Samoa is on a good path
of keeping their way of being organic and sustainable regarding the agriculture sector.
The upcoming years with prognosis of increased tourism will be a healthy addition to
the economic growth of Samoa. Looking towards remittances, it becomes clear that
current high rate of remittances is a problem in Samoa, as some families could rely on
nothing but remittances and skip farming their land.
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