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24/10/2017

Caricom to Create Fund for Agricultural Recovery in the Caribbean

Following unprecedented hurricanes, resilience in agriculture in focus at regional agriculture meeting

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With the recent widespread damage, and destruction of the agriculture sector in several Caribbean territories at the forefront of their minds, regional agriculture officials met in Georgetown earlier this month. A key focus of their meeting is building resilience of Caribbean agriculture to natural disasters.

Several storms, including two category five hurricanes, hit the region recently, with CARICOM member states, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, and Dominica, as well as associate members, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, being hardest hit.

Agriculture and climate change-related matters was a key agenda item of the meeting. The use of the regional standardised audit instrument tool to integrate climate change and disaster risk management considerations into the work programmes of the planning units of the ministries of agriculture will be emphasised to attain greater levels of readiness to deal with climatic catastrophes. Additionally, it was announced that CARICOM will create a special fund for the recovery of agriculture after the increased weather phenomena in the region.

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