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Rakiraki women vendors model show need for scaling-up women’s economic empowerment

It’s a Thursday morning in the small bustling rural town of Rakiraki and Varanisese Maisamoa is waiting for a bus with two ice boxes to take her to Naivuvuni, a landing where a boat she owns docks at, to collect fish caught during the week. Like clockwork, every Thursday or Friday morning, she waitsmore


Tonga ǀ Cash-for-work helps Ha’apai community to recover from Cyclone Ian

Today, it’s a different scene in Ha’apai compared to January after Tropical Cyclone Ian, a Category 5 system - the most powerful ever recorded in Tongan waters - passed directly over the northeast islands of Ha’apai.  Many homes repaired, much of the debris removed, fences for livestock rebuiltmore


Women farmers building resilience in their community

“The tomatoes will be ready for harvest very soon and we will need to pick and sell them everyday so not to waste them. I never imagined that we could do more than the backyard farming we used to do because our land is prone to flooding,” says Faimun Nisha of Talaiya, Ba.   Faimun is one of themore


Leading community to be more resilient to future disasters

The long beans Iva Vakacegu planted a month ago are spiraling up along many tall wooden sticks and she is getting ready for another harvest. At other corners of the farm, there are other women, men boys and girls weeding around cabbages, tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelons, all growing on 1.5 acres more


Assisting communities to become self-reliant and resilient

“While the rest of Nadi experienced two floods, our community experienced three as we are the lowest lying in the Nadi delta. The whole community was under water.” Waisea Naisoro assisted his neighbors in Saravi settlement, outskirt of Nadi, to move to houses on higher ground when severe floods hit more


Assisting recovery by improving food security

“We are farmers. We clear the land and plant again when heavy rain knocks down our crops and vegetables. But it is more difficult now to manage it because rains are unpredictable and heavier.” Like Makarina Dreka, villagers in Vunayasi settlement in outskirts of Nadi, have been struggling to overcommore

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