Rebuilding a stronger more resilient regional agriculture sector

The 2017, Atlantic hurricane season was extremely active producing 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes with 6 of them categorised as major. Two of these, hurricanes Irma and Maria left a path of unimaginable destruction across the Caribbean. Thousands of residents were displaced, homes and buildings destroyed, lives and livelihoods lost and communications infrastructure obliterated. (more…)

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Helping Dominica recover from hurricane Maria

Following the passage of Hurricane Maria, reports from on the ground indicated that agriculture was totally destroyed. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) led CARICOM’s response and reported severe damage to farm housing, irrigation, infrastructure, feeder roads, forest reserves, coastal fisheries and widespread loss of poultry. For Dominica, this was significant since at least 25% of the population directly depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.


CARDI has partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MOAF) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) to assist in rebuilding Dominica’s ravaged agriculture sector. Emphasis has been placed on providing short term relief to kick-start agricultural production. By restoring agricultural productivity on the island, livelihoods will be sustained and the dependency on food aid in the less affected communities will be reduced. (more…)

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Relief efforts target farmers in St Kitts and Nevis

The agriculture sector sustained significant damage from both hurricanes Maria and Irma. The Departments of Agriculture in St. Kitts and Nevis conducted rapid assessments of the damage and the information gleaned was used to focus relief efforts under the IICA/CARDI Technical Cooperation framework.


One of the areas of focus was the provision of seeds and seedlings to farmers. Over a three month period starting in December 2017 farmers received seedlings for a range of vegetables. This phased approach prevented over supply and resulting gluts on the market.


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Re-engineering a resilient agriculture sector in Antigua and Barbuda

Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda as a category 5 hurricane causing catastrophic damage across the small island. In its aftermath CARDI joined forces with the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs (MALFBA) and the IICA to conduct a preliminary assessment on the damage to the agriculture sector on 27 September 2017. Following this a short list was compiled prioritising the areas that needed to be immediately addressed for rehabilitating/rebuilding the sector. CARDI through the IICA/CARDI Technical Cooperation Agreement supported rehabilitative works and recovery efforts on the island. (more…)

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