“Now I can feed my family without thinking of death,” says Rahmat, a fisherman from Shyamnagar in southern Bangladesh. “Crab fattening (has) become a solution to live with the change of climate nowadays.”

In 24 hours in 2009, cyclone Aila tore through the region, destroying Rahmat’s house and livelihood as a fisherman and farmer and taking with it his monthly US$350 income. The challenge of rebuilding his life was immense, but Rahmat found assistance in a crab-fattening programme in the Sundarbans, the largest single mangrove forest in the world, close to where he now lives.

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