Dominica: Seeds for life
Theresa Vidal, a farmer and single mother of five, lost not only her entire production when Hurricane Maria struck Dominica, but also her seeds and tools. “Everything was washed away; the river that crosses my land overflowed and took everything I had. I tried to save some seeds but I wasn’t able to,” she says. The storm also destroyed the roof of her house, damaging her household assets. After the hurricane, Theresa found herself in a very difficult situation without any source of income.
One month later, Theresa received emergency seeds and planting tools from FAO and was able to prepare for the next planting season. Several months later, her garden was full of various types of vegetables that she sells at the local market to earn her living. Theresa is proud to have resumed production.
This story features on CERF 2017 Annual Report