Security is a state of freedom from threat or danger. LEMCO approaches security by considering Food Security, Biosecurity and Asset Protection as part of our project planning.
Food Security is acknowledged by a commitment to achieving four main factors; availability, access, utilisation and stability. By achieving these factors, LEMCO is able to ensure that there are sufficient resources to be able to provide food that meets the needs of entire communities at all times.
LEMCO considers Biosecurity protection through offshore, at the border and onshore protective measures to minimise and potentially eliminate threats to biodiversity of remote communities. We utilise new technologies and international resources, to support our risk analyses, emergency preparation and outbreak response plans.
Asset protection is also considered through planning, hence removing the personal assets of indigenous communities for liability. As this is a very unfamiliar concept and process for remote communities, we approach asset protection through our role as advisors. Hence, we organise and implement all necessary activities as part of our indigenous representation role.
Food Security is the concept of ensuring that there is sufficient safe, nutritious food that adequately meets the needs of an entire community at all times. LEMCO is committed to achieving the four main facets of this concept; availability, access, utilisation and stability.
- Availability considers the quality as well as the quantity of food. LEMCO will consider the supply and trade of food to develop food security plans which will in-turn improve the management of natural resources and sustainable farming production systems.
- Access denotes both physical access and economic access to food. To improve this LEMCO will initiate easier and greater access to food supplies to generate further income from cash crops and livestock products.
- Utilisation can be improved by cultivating nutrition, increasing diet diversity, minimising harvest loss and ultimately adding value to food. LEMCO will develop educational programs to help indigenous populations better utilise the nutritious value of their food.
- Stability is straightforward in that food sources must be secure. LEMCO will monitor this by ensuring that employment status’ are consistent, bad seasons are balanced through intercropping, and through social nets to support indigenous people through transitory food insecurity.
It is a human right that everybody has access to food, hence this is a major consideration for LEMCO. Within the Pacific Islands, there is a need for a number of factors to be considered and combatted concurrently. Best practice needs to be acknowledged and shared locally to implement this throughout the region. Governments must also be advised of the large threat that trade treaties and importation of food has on the food security of the region.
Biosecurity is procedures and measures to safeguard ecosystems. This involves measures to ensure that pests and diseases are unable to detrimentally impact biodiversity and harvests. To do this a risk analysis is completed, emergency preparation and outbreak response plans are established and legislation is often implemented.
LEMCO is able to help remote communities to implement biosecurity measures. This not only helps promote strong growth of plantations and crops, but it also ensures the longevity of these commodities.
Biosecurity is the key to reducing risk and aiding in shaping developing nations to be strong agricultural providers, free from severe pests and diseases. Hence, various applications of biosecurity will be implemented; offshore, at the border and onshore measures.
New technology will be implemented and supported by research and international resources. Additionally, surveillance and monitoring of risk areas, coupled with managing threats at airports, seaports and international mail centres will focus on minimising and eliminating foreign biodiversity threats.
Asset protection is legal techniques and legislation that protect the assets of companies from civil money judgments. By doing this, the possibility of assets being risked is minimised. LEMCO implements asset protection planning when initiating all projects, due to the associated risk of business activities. Our approach to asset protection planning is of total transparency.
We will ensure that personal assets of indigenous communities are never at risk. This is an unfamiliar concept for remote communities, however, as part of our role as project managers, we must engage with these communities to best benefit them.
Large multinational companies often enter developing nations, taking advantage of indigenous communities who are unaware of the detriment these companies will have on their assets. At LEMCO our business is for the benefit of these indigenous communities. Hence, asset protection is a vital measure in initiating business activities in a socially responsible and equitable manner.