Vanuatu Cyclone Recovery
BioGro is partnering up with organisations in the Pacific to provide support and aid to Vanuatu's communities including six BioGro certified farmers.
Cyclone Pam has caused wide-spread devastation across Vanuatu since it hit the Pacific on March 13. A state of emergency has been declared across all six provinces.
Over half of Vanuatu’s population, spread over 22 islands, has been affected and lifeline infrastructures including hospitals, electricity and water supplies have been severely damaged. It is one of the Pacific’s worst natural disasters to date.
We are hugely saddened to hear of the devastation caused by the cyclone to all communities and families in Vanuatu, including the livelihoods of six BioGro certified farmers.
We are working with our partner organisations in the Pacific to contact our licensees and offer support. Four have been reported safe although two are still cut off from power and communication. We will continue to provide updates as we learn more.
In the meantime, BioGro has teamed up with established relief efforts moving resources into the region. We are primarily working with the Farm Support Association and Give A Little to provide financial aid to all those affected.
All donations collected through the Give a Little fundraiser will be used as part of the wider recovery effort for Vanuatu. Shelter, food, healthcare and clean water remain key first priorities.
The medium to long-term recovery surrounds supplying seeds, tools and equipment to help those affected rebuild their communities.
We encourage anyone who wishes to donate to do so. The Give A Little fundraiser can be found at http://givealittle.co.nz/cause/vanuatucyclonefsa.
Thank you for your support and understanding. Please subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter for updates about the ongoing relief effort and our Pacific licensees.