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In the early years of the 21st Century

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Fiji is a tropical island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The country experiences a tropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year. The rainy season runs from November to April, while the dry season is from May to October.

Fiji is prone to tropical cyclones. In February 2021, Tropical Cyclone Ana caused severe flooding and widespread damage to buildings, crops, and public infrastructure. The country experiences an average of 17 cyclones per decade. – Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook - Fiji

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 29 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

Fiji, endowed with forest, mineral, and fish resources, is one of the most developed and connected of the Pacific island economies. Earnings from the tourism industry, with an estimated 842,884 tourists visiting in 2017, and remittances from Fijian’s working abroad are the country’s largest foreign exchange earners.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $9,800 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 44.2%

industry: 14.3%

services: 41.6% (2011 est.)

Unemployment rate: 4.5% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 31% (2009 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 34 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 8.8 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 73.7 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 93.8% of population

Physicians density: 0.86 physicians/1,000 population (2015)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 98% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 98.6% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Fiji

[accessed 2 February 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

~ The Forgotten Fijians: Elderly Poverty In Fiji

~ Food Insecurity On The Islands: Hunger In Fiji

~ Providing Health Care To Oceania’s Isolated Families

~ Hunger In Fiji

~ Kava Cultivation In Fiji And Rural Poverty

~ 5 Facts About Healthcare In Fiji

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 29 December 2020]

Agriculture, mining and fishing have dominated the economy in the past, but manufacturing and tourism are becoming progressively more important in Fiji. The first five years after independence (1970–75) were years of high growth for Fiji, when growth averaged 5.9%, driven by primary commodities.

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