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Vulnerability significantly compounds hardship in the Pacific. More than twenty percent of people in most Pacific Island Countries (PIC) are unable to meet their basic food and nonfood needs. In addition, people in the Pacific are uniquely vulnerable to aggregate economic and natural shocks because of their countries’ combination of small size, isolation, and other geographic features. The impacts of import price shocks are particularly severe in the small atoll nations that rely heavily on imports for staple foods and fuel. The growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is an aggregate health shock with significant consequences for the well-being of people in the Pacific.

This poverty and equity note covers the risk and vulnerability in Pacific as of March 2018.

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