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  • Rural Women Help Early Recovery Efforts in Fiji, Make and Sell ‘Green’ Handicrafts
    Jun 17, 2016

    When an extreme weather event such as Sever Tropical Cyclone Winston hits communities in remote, almost intractable highlands of Fiji, just what does it take to deal with the sudden loss of household incomes as farm produce stands mutilated by the storms and crop failure stares you in your face?

  • Tokatoka Farms Help Arrest Land Wastage, Build Resilience and Food Security Post Cyclone Winston in Fiji
    Jun 16, 2016

    Whatever happened to the good old practice of growing multiple crops in a year? As Tropical Cyclone Winston robbed a third of the Fijian farmers of their once-assured incomes from the time-tested bundle of root crops such as Yaqona, Cassava and Dalo, a group of villages in the western division have stepped up efforts to reclaim traditional farming practices for working their lands throughout the year for short, mid and long-duration yields.

  • Making Sense of Climate Change on a Cyclone-hit South Pacific Island
    Jun 8, 2016

    Like each one of the 14 villages of Koro Island, Nacamaki is sea-facing, and the 90 houses that comprise the village command an endless view of the sea. It is a blessing and a luxury reserved for few. Twice in the last six years, however, the communities here have found their homes devoured by the angry, bestial cyclonic winds.

  • Loan provides energy for homes in the Solomon Islands
    Jun 6, 2016

    Single mother and sole bread winner Mary Pako received solar lighting in her home for the first time last year. The 45-year-old, who lives in a remote village of Tenarau in the Guadalcanal province of the Solomon Islands is a client of the South Pacific Business Development Solar Lighting Loan.

  • Improving climate change adaptation capacities in Santa Catalina
    May 25, 2016

    Many of us have never considered what it would be like to live without easy access to water. We take for granted that when we turn on our taps in our kitchens and bathrooms, clean water will for certain pour forth into our cups, drink bottles, tubs and sinks. But for communities living with limited natural water resources and the impacts of climate change influences, accessible and abundant clean water is a dream.

  • Cash for Work Brings Smiles to Cyclone-battered Villages, Helps Speed Up Massive Debris Cleaning
    May 25, 2016

    Three months after Tropical Cyclone Winston, Disoro Elenoa, 57, a small-time broom-maker of Nacamaki can hardly help tears well up in her eyes as she focuses on the more urgent business of putting together a bundle of brooms that she sends every week for sale in the markets of Suva.

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