The Big Picture
Pacific Island Food Revolution uses the power of reality TV, radio, and social media to change people’s eating behaviour. Pacific Island Food Revolution was developed by celebrity chef Robert Oliver. The Revolution will activate local cuisine knowledge and turn a mirror on the Pacific itself that reveals that eating fresh, local, indigenous foods is the answer to good health. It covers four countries – Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu – in 12 episodes. Unlike other cooking shows, Pacific Island Food Revolution is kinder and filled with Pacific heritage and humour. The challenges in the TV competition will look to provide solutions that people have identified as barriers to healthy eating such as convenience, taste and affordability. People can become Food Warriors on social media or sign up online. There they can share their journeys and download toolkits, lesson plans for teachers and Pacific classrooms.
Pacific Island Food Revolution is jointly funded by the governments of Australia (Department of Foreign Affairs - Innovation Xchange) and New Zealand (Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Aid Programme). (The views expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian and New Zealand governments.) The initial pilot program will receive AUD$7million. Pacific Island Food Revolution will initially operate as a pilot for two years. The pilot will be fully funded by donors with the project progressing to year 3 subject to the generation of additional revenue, and early indications of possible impact if taken to scale.
Pacific Island Food Revolution is managed by DT Global through the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-funded Innovation Resource Facility.
Pacific Island Food Revolution launched was launched in April 2019. It is broadcast on television across the Pacific islands as well as Australia and New Zealand.