Small Island Developing States
 

FAO Director-General and Haitian President urge increased investment in Haiti


Prime Minister, Dr. Hon. Ralph Gonsalves of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines


Mr. Roger Clarke: Minister of Agriculture of Jamaica


Disaster Response and Risk Management in the Caribbean: Fisheries and Aquaculture

Gestión de Riesgos en la República Dominicana


Agricultural Diversification in Jamaica


FAO in Saint Lucia 


Barbados: Building the capacities of youth to strengthen the agriculture sector

Carl Lewis visita proyectos escolares en República Dominicana

Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva appeal for increased  investment in the country in order to build its long-term resilience. Graziano da Silva pledged FAO's support to Haiti through interventions that address both immediate crisis situations and the root causes of the island nation's food insecurity and poverty. 

As a small island state, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines faces the challenges of climate change in a unique manner. To respond to this, the Goverment is focusing on local knowledge, as the island has a long tradition of root crops, fruits and vegetable production; as well as on building stronger social safety nets that guarantee social inclusion of vulnerable groups.

Min. Roger Clarke comments on the main challenges of family farming in Jamaica and how the Government is addressing them through the promotion of small ruminants production and the dairy industry. 

The Caribbean regions is considered one of the most hazard prone regions in the world. Climate change, hurricanes, floods and volcanoes are some of the threats. To respond to this situation, the Caribbean region has established two agencies to support the planning and policy of a regional response to climate change: the CCCCC and CDEMA.

Natural disasters have heavy implications for food security. Much depends on the capacity of the population to respond and recover from disasters. However, if the population is poor and vulnerable, production and access to food is severely affected. Moreover, the capacity to respond is further constrained if the country does not count with forests, as these represent an alternative livelihood in case of need.

FAO has been supporting the livelihoods diversification programme in Jamaica and Haiti with funds frm the EU to promote local food production and encourage consumption.  In Jamaica, 2-year projects know as Food Facility projects are being implemented in 14 locations. The focus of the Government was on rice production. For this, FAO supported the import of seed and technologies, as well as training of people involved in the initiative.

FAO has been supporting the livelihoods diversification progrmme in Jamaica and Haiti with funds frm the EU to promote local food production and encourage consumption.  In Jamaica, 2-year projects know as Food Facility projects are being implemented in 14 locations. The focus of the Government was on rice production. For this, FAO supported the import of seed and technologies, as well as training of people involved in the initiative.

Among the main challenges for the agriculture sector in Barbados is the ageing population, as the average age of farmers ranges between 55 and 60 years old. In addition, crop theft and praedial lancery represent another growing challenge in the agricultural sector.

Carl Lewis, olympic track star and FAO Goodwill Ambassador visits Dominican Republic to raise awareness of the importance of agriculture and reforestation among younger generations.