The Garifuna Emergency Committee of Honduras responded to Hurricane Mitch?s devastation by partnering with 16 communities to acquire land for rebuilding; build & repair homes, community centers, schools & businesses; equip schools & health centers; & work for 7 years to restore livelihoods & food security. We have pioneered the recovery of agriculture & fishing?traditional life among the Garifuna -spearheading a recovery of traditional root crops, medicinal & artisanal plants as well as reforestation with wild fruits, grafted fruits, hard wood trees & coconuts. We have provided seeds, seedlings, cuttings & rizomes, & training on improving production, organic composting, pesticides & fertilizer, etc. Fostering Garifuna resilience to the constant threat of storms, flooding, drought & hurricanes?we have achieved food security & sustainable livelihoods & restored our culture.We have supported women & youth in forming collectives to increase production ? without harmful chemicals & assisted them in marketing new surplus crops, creating the 1st Garifuna farmers market: Mercado Wabagari. Weve created an agricultural tool bank & distributed mechanical yuca (manioc root) grinders to insure a stable food supply. Low- or no income women, who have been subsistence level farmers, have led these efforts. Encroachment, violence, & the assassination of our leaders led us to assist, train & empower communities to defend their rights to land & determine their futures.