In February, MDF Fiji commemorated the one-year anniversary of Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston (TCW) with a series of communication pieces highlighting the work that has been undertaken with its partners and some of their beneficiaries that were badly affected by the disaster.
In the aftermath of the cyclone the private sector had to find ways to rebuild and look at integrating long-term resilience into their business models. Businesses in tourism and horticulture were severely affected and the livelihoods of many communities were at stake. In this video,
see how MDF has been an integral part of this process for its private sector partners.
A shortage of planting materials has been an ongoing issue for farmers in Fiji but this was exacerbated by the cyclone. Local company, Biotec Limited believes it has the means to bridge the gap between the supply and demand of planting materials that will enable farmers to not only meet their export and local demands but also plant all year-round. Read more here
Devesh and Bharos Farms (DBF), a large commercial nursery in Nadi, is a key supplier of seedlings to farmers as part of the national recovery efforts following TCW. Through MDF’s assistance, DBF has invested in two 40-foot container pods to store seedlings and planting materials during natural disasters. Click here
to see the converted container pods.
Miri Tamana hails from a long line of tapa artisans from the village of Nabukadra in Ra. Miri and the women of the village are suppliers of contemporary masi crafts to Rise Beyond the Reef who have been working with the women following TC Winston. Read here
about how the ancient skills that these women possess are providing a new lifeline for them and their families.