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.
Implementation period: 2005 - 2008
Participating countries: Cuba, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica

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

  • Institutional and technical capacity building for disaster risk management (DRM) in agricultural line agencies of participating countries
  • Community-based disaster risk management activities at local levels.

Project objectives

  • Establish exchange process among sectors and countries for the knowledge on DRM
  • Assess the institutional frameworks in place for DRM in agriculture within the participating countries, and compare among them,  including weaknesses and strengths
  • Formulate the recommendations to further strengthen country specific and regional institutional settings for DRM in agriculture. 

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. 

last updated:  Thursday, June 23, 2011