Country Profile

Antigua & Barbuda

The state of Antigua and Barbuda includes the islands of Antigua, Barbuda and an un-inhabited island Redonda, covering an overall land area of 443 km2 (170 mi2). The highest point above sea level is Boggy Peak at approximately 400 m (1,330 ft). Average rainfall is 1,067 mm (42 inches) per annum. The economy is service-based, with tourism, financial, and government services representing the key sources of employment and income; tourism is the leading foreign exchange earner. GDP per Agriculture contributed 3.8 % of Gross Domestic Product in 2009 and GDP per capita was estimated at US$17,800 in 2009. The main agricultural products are cotton, fruits, vegetables, bananas, coconuts, cucumbers, mangoes, sugarcane and livestock, and is mainly focused on the domestic market. Source of socio-economic data CIA World Factbook online at:

Work Programme 2010

Antigua and Barbuda Work Programme 2010

CARDI Antigua and Barbuda focuses principally on the production of commercial seeds of hot peppers, including West Indies Red, CARDI Green and Scotch Bonnet, for the Region. During the Medium Term 2008-2010, the portfolio has been expanded to include research and development on sweet potatoes. In the short term, the Unit has also assisted the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to introduce more productive cultivars of cotton to boost the production of the crop on the island.

Details of the technical work programme for CARDI Antigua & Barbuda are as follows:


Science, Technology and Innovation

Technology Generation and Transfer

Commodity Development – Crops

Roots and Tubers:

  • Conduct trials on irrigated vs. non-irrigated sweet potato production to identify and demonstrate the advantages and cost-effectiveness of irrigating sweet potato provided to the Ministry of Agriculture and farmers
  • Establish and manage 42 accessions collected in Antigua and characterize them using recommended descriptors
  • Analyse date and communicate results via demonstration, training, field days and publications and initiate studies to establish adoption of production technologies in appropriate watersheds

Hot Pepper

  • Conduct training sessions in production of hot pepper mash

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Provide technical assistance to identify cost of post-harvest handling activities
  • Publish and disseminate Post Harvest handling manual for Carrot and Onion
  • Train the staff of Ministry of Agriculture Extension and Central Marketing Corporation; Farmers and exporters in post harvest handling techniques for onion and carrots
  • Train Ministry of Agriculture staff and farmers in management of mango trees including pruning, pest and disease control.

Commodity Development – Livestock

Small Ruminants

  • Provide information for the acquisition of improved breeds of small ruminants and suitable forage accessions
  • Provide technical assistance in the development of a breeding programme
  • Conduct training in small ruminant production, including nutrition, feeding and breeding
  • Initiate studies/analyses to support the adoption of the technologies in appropriate watersheds.

Technical Services

  • Provide technical assistance to conduct market studies
  • Provide training and technical assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture in preparing and laying down of experimental designs
  • Provide appropriate data collection templates

Natural Resource Management

Climate Change:

  • Refurbish facilities in support of seed production
  • Establish acreages for seed production based on past procurement trends
  • Produce and store seeds in a secure and scientifically sound environment


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Contact Information

CARDI Representative

Paul Lucas

CARDI Representative / Water Resource Management Specialist   

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Contact Information

Paul Lucas
CARDI Representative/Water Resource management Specialist
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CARDI Antigua and Barbuda
P.O. Box 766
Betty’s Hope
St John’s
Antigua and Barbuda
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Country Partners

Partners and Collaborators

  • Ministry of Agriculture Lands, Marine Resources & Agro Industries Queen Elizabeth Highway Antigua and Barbuda Tel: 1 (268) 462-1213/1007
  • Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) at Antigua and Barbuda
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