The food security through commercialization of agriculture programme in the Caribbean Region
Best practices and lessons learnt from the development of value chains
The projects reviewed in this paper were funded by the Italian Special Contribution to the Global Trust Fund for Food Security (GTFS). The Italian funded food security programme aimed to enhance food security by following a common strategy to improve the commercialization of agricultural value chains. The main objective was to support transition of smallholder agricultural systems into more competitive and commercially dynamic ones and to improve the food security situation of smallholders, farmers and intermediaries. The food security programme was implemented in a number of regions and countries: in the Caribbean the countries directly benefitting from interventions were Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Jamaica; in Africa Malawi and Zambia as well as Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone in West Africa. Later in 2011, additional projects were started in Central America and in some African Great Lake countries.
The purpose of this report is to review experiences, results and impacts and to describe the lessons learned from the implementation of the pilot project in the Caribbean.