Caribbean Regional Disaster Risk Management
Assistance to improve local agricultural emergency preparedness in Caribbean countries
The project is closed. This website reports on project outcomes and recommendations.
Recurrent natural hazards destabilize the socio-economic fabric of the Caribbean region with most damaging impacts of hurricanes experienced in 2004, 2006 and 2008. At least 6,000 lives were lost, and over one million people were affected by climate related hazards in the region in 2004 alone. Comprehensive assessments of the impacts of the extraordinary active hurricane season 2004 on five Caribbean countries revealed that the damages were close to US $5.7 billion. Moreover, the productive sectors which included agriculture accounted for over one third (35.2%) of associated damages and losses. Such events have exposed the socio-cultural and environmental vulnerabilities of the Caribbean basin, and the urgent need to rethink disaster management options.
A comprehensive approach to disaster risk reduction however, has not been integrally incorporated yet into the agriculture sector within the region. Thus in 2005 FAO initiated the regional TCP to assist governments of participating countries (Cuba, Grenada, Haiti and Jamaica) in supporting food security of small farmers operating in the most hazard prone areas.
The project promoted
The project approach and the good practice options for enhanced hazard risk resilience proved very successful to launch local initiatives for DRM, which are currently replicated by several other Caribbean States including St Lucia, Dominica and Belize. The project approach also served as a basis for framing a regional DRM project in tropical Andes, and its results and lessons informed the design of a long-term rehabilitation strategy for Haiti after the earthquake in early 2010.