Torrential rains and severe winds battered the Caribbean Islands of St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica for over 24 hours between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day devastating rural communities and banana production. The government has declared this a level 2 disaster, meaning that they now need external support to respond to the destruction caused by the storm. Our partner, the Caribbean Farmer's Association, WINFA, are appealing for help on behalf of the estimated 700 small farmers affected.
Most Caribbean banana production is certified Fairtrade and these small family farmers export all of their bananas to the UK. During the storm 700 farms were flattened by flood waters. WINFA estimate, for example, that 36% of banana production on St. Lucia has been affected. Pack houses and other infrastructure and supplies necessary for Fairtrade production and export have been damaged. Storm damage has also resulted in heavy soil loss and communities now have limited access to drinking water. Agricultural workers have no short term income. These family farmers urgently need planting materials and seeds, basic supplies such as water, food and clothing, equipment to remove hazards and salvage re-usable resources (including safety equipment, tools, chain saws etc.) as well as training in sustainable land use and soil and water conservation.
Donate now here to help family farmers respond to this disaster and replant their crops.