'Simon Feeny and his team provide fascinating and important insights into how Melanesia's people cope with the region's high vulnerability to shocks of all kinds. A major contribution of importance to researchers and policymakers not just in Melanesia, but for those elsewhere in the world aiming to strengthen the resilience of households and national economies.'Tony Addison, Chief Economist and Deputy Director,United Nations University's World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)'This multidisciplinary analysis makes an important contribution to the understanding of the way that global macroeconomic shocks are transmitted to households. It shows how Melanesia is a unique development case and also demonstrates the way that women underpin the informal safety net in the region. I am proud of Oxfam Australia's close involvement with this research and this book.'Helen Szoke, Chief Executive, Oxfam Australia'Traditional social security networks and land tenure systems in Melanesia are under threat as people increasingly move to urban centres. This book provides a very welcome rich new body of evidence to inform the policy debate and help shape the new social protection measures required in our region.'Derek Brien, Pacific Institute of Public Policy, Vanuatu
Focusing on the vulnerability and resilience to economic shocks at the household level, this book draws on extensive research activities carried out in two Melanesia countries: the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In particular, the book identifies the household impacts of the recent food, fuel and economic crises. The authors also examine resilience by identifying how households responded to these recent economic events in order to cope with their impacts. The authors highlight key areas in which public policy and development programmes can reduce household vulnerability and increase their resilience to future economic shocks.