Thousands of buildings including this one in Portoviejo, Ecuador, were destroyed in the April 2016 earthquake. The IFAD-supported Buen Vivir Rural Pogramme, run by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAGAP), had been operating in Manabí since 2013. Shortly after the earthquake, farmers in the area were mobilized to clear access routes and gather water and food and take it to the most affected and isolated people. Photo: UNDAC/Manabí
19 April 2017 -- Their house collapsed. And with it, all of their belongings and memories were lost. Fortunately, Manuel Reyes and his family survived. But not everyone was so lucky. Some 663 people were killed and another 80,000 were left without homes and livelihoods when the most destructive earthquake in 70 years struck Ecuador on 16 April 2016.
The western coastal province of Manabí, where Reyes works as a fish processor, was hit the hardest....