Tonga Food Security & Livelihood Cluster
The purpose of the FSL is to highlight the importance of food security for affected community members as a result of a major hazard (eg prolonged drought) and or natural disaster (eg tropical cyclone). This includes not only sufficient quantities of balanced food items, but also the effect of drought or disasters on the livelihoods of the agricultural, forestry and fishing sectors. In order to combat this, effective FSL initiatives need to be carried out throughout all three stages of the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC)2, namely the DRR, Emergency Response, and Recovery. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) is the Cluster Lead Agency, and this works in close cooperation with a number of other Ministries and other stakeholders in both Tonga and the Pacific.