One of the most severe seasonal floods in recent years is affecting the riverside communities of the middle Juruá region in Brazilian Amazonia. In the midst of the most serious phase of the pandemic, this flood is driving more than 2,000 people out of their homes, and forcing them to occupy collective shelters, which promotes a great increase in the risk of infection with the coronavirus.
In addition to the loss of their property and homes, this heavy flood is causing substantial damage to riverside communities that depend on agroextractive activities. With the planted areas flooded, it is estimated more than BRL 5 million in lost agricultural production, leading to concerns over food security in the region. The are also economic losses related to natural resource management activities, such as the collection of andiroba and murumuru, which represent an important source of income generation for these rural communities.
To help provide these families with access to food and personal hygiene products, the campaign “BASIC BASKETS for the riverside and indigenous people of Rio Juruá, AM” was created, through a consortium of grassroots organizations such as the Association of Rural Producers of Carauari, together with public and private entities that work for conservation and sustainable development in the region.