News and Links from the Outer Islands

A quick review of news from the Outer Islands of Yap and around Micronesia.

Authors of a new paper in the Journal of Public Health Nutrition found that the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has "suffered a great loss in production and consumption of local foods. Inconsistent external and internal government policies and food aid programmes have contributed to the problem."

Conservation Volunteers from Beautify CMNI recently discussed the idea of collaboration between the turtle protection programs on Ulithi and similar efforts proposed in the Marianas Islands.

The FSM Justice Department has filed charges against that nation’s former Ambassador to the US Jessie Marehalau.

United States Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne visited the Federated States of Micronesia, and spoke of the strong historical ties between the two nations. During the Trust Territory period the Department of the Interior oversaw the governance of the four states that now constitute the Federated States of Micronesia. While the FSM is now a sovereign self-governing nation, Kemthorne described the country as “an important part of the portfolio of the Department of the Interior.” This seemingly imprudent comment may be a function of the role played by his Department in the Compact of Free Association between the two countries.

The Habele Outer Island Education Fund is nonprofit organization serving the educational needs of communities and students in the Outer Islands of Micronesia. Habele grants scholarships to children attending private schools and supports public schools through material donations. Visit Habele.org for more details.