Country Profile

The Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory, are situated in the western Caribbean Sea. The territory, comprising the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, is located south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica. Only 0.83% of the land in Cayman Islands is considered arable. The service sectors inclusive of financial services and tourism are the mainstay of the economy, accounting for about 72% of GDP while agriculture contributes only around 0.3% (2013 est.) to GDP and employs 1.9% of the population. Some of the main agricultural activities in the islands include vegetable, fruits and livestock production as well as the farming of turtles.

Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) Strategic Plan 2018-2022

CARDI’s Cayman Islands work programme will be centered on improving production and productivity of roots and tubers namely: Cassava and Sweet Potato, development of feeds and feeding systems for small ruminant livestock, commercial production of herbals (peppers), Protected Agriculture Systems and Biotechnology Development. The Unit will be working in close collaboration with the Department of Agriculture.

Download CARDI STRATEGIC PLAN 2018- 2022

Contact Information

Paul Lucas
CARDI Representative / Water Resource Management Specialist
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Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)
CARDI Cayman Islands
181 Lottery Road
Bodden Town
Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands

Phone: 1(345)945-5660