Kiribati. In March, Kiribati was reported to have dramatically increased its income linked to the fishing industry last year. According to Countryaah.com, Kiribati population in 2020 is estimated at 119,460. The large revenues come from fishing licenses sold to Japanese and South Korean fishing companies, among others.
In May, Kiribati made the final payment for the purchase of land on Vanua Levu, the second largest island in Fiji. The purchase was made according to Kiribati President Anote Tong in order to secure the future food supply in the low-lying island, which is threatened by climate change.
In November, the country’s health ministers urged people suffering from the infectious disease to seek medical care. According to the Ministry of Health, more than 200 new cases of stigmatizing disease have been found in the last two years.
In early December, the FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Trade Union) highlighted Kiribati as one of the countries that had already reached the Millennium Development Goal by 2015, halving the number of people suffering from hunger.