For rice farmers like Ramratiya Devi — caught between the looming monsoon season and the pandemic that has made planting impossible — your love may be all that stands between a harvest and starvation.
Devi grows rice and other crops in the Koshi River Basin in India’s Bihar state. She and her family rely on the rich, fertile soil near the river to grow the food they need to eat and sell. But they know very well that, as the river gives, it can also take away.
More than once, she has experienced the devastation of losing her harvest due to unexpected floods.
Fortunately, Devi and her neighbors have learned to live more in harmony with the river. Thanks to your love and generosity, they’ve learned more resilient farming techniques and have an early warning system in place that allows them to take action against impending floods to save their crops and belongings.
But now these farmers are facing a new challenge, unlike any they’ve faced before: it’s time to plant their most important crop, but the global coronavirus pandemic is standing firmly in their way.