FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean


The Regulations aims to combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing on the island among other objectives


Participants from 11 countries discussed work plan to strengthen the sustainable development of special agricultural products.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources hosted an inception workshop for a Drone Mapping, Monitoring and Geospatial Analysis Training programme on Tuesday April 30,2024


Over 40 sea moss farmers and technicians gathered for four days of field and classroom training on best practices in sea moss production as a key step in increasing and improving production and strengthening the country’s sea moss value chain.


Eight Caribbean countries stand to benefit from the new CA$10 million


National experts from various government agencies benefited from a learning journey in Brazil.


A peek into the lives of Suriname’s indigenous and tribal communities

FAO Sub-regional office for the Caribbean

FAO's Subregional Office for the Caribbean (SLC), founded in 1996, is located at the UN House in Barbados. Headed by a Subregional Representative (SRC) and staffed by a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and an Administrative Unit, the office is tasked with carrying out FAO's global mandate in the region by

  • putting available and accessible information within reach of all concerned stakeholders;
  • providing policy and strategic advice and sharing expertise;
  • providing a meeting place for nations;
  • bringing knowledge to the field, especially international best practices
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Heroes of deserts and highlands

Did you know that 2024 will be 2024 will be the International Year of Camelids?

Nurturing the nature island’s sea moss industry

The introduction of a different algae species boosts incomes for Dominica’s aquaculture farmers

Resilience through innovation in Haiti

Simple and affordable water management and cropping techniques help farmers adapt to natural disasters and a changing climate

Pineapple potential written all over the sandy soil of Suriname

Working with Indigenous Peoples to upgrade the value chain and reach more markets

Role models and innovation give farming a new reputation in Jamaica

Farmers are harnessing innovation to tackle water scarcity and spread their passion for growing nutritious food

A fresh start for prawn producers after extreme weather in Dominica

Building more resilient livelihoods in islands vulnerable to climate change

Rural women in Haiti invest in themselves

Village savings and loan associations help Haitian women build their businesses and futures

Banding together to re-root the Jamaican ginger industry

Collaboration is key to rebuilding an industry

Supporting indigenous peoples to restore the balance between wildlife and food security

Achieving sustainable levels of hunting and fishing in Guyana

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Our Team

Renata Clarke

Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean

Dr. Renata Clarke has worked at the FAO Headquarters in the area of Food Safety for the past 22 years. She was Head of the FAO Food Safety and Quality Unit from 2011 to 2019, when she assumed the position of FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for the Caribbean.

In her capacity as Head of the FAO Food Safety and Quality Unit, Dr. Clarke led the Organization’s Programmes in developing the Member States’ capacities to assure the safety of food supplies. She also provided strategic oversight to the FAO Programme for the Provision of Food Safety Scientific Advice, which undertakes the risk assessments that underpin Codex standard setting and food safety policy in many countries.

In her current role as Sub-regional Coordinator for the Caribbean, Dr. Clarke oversees the FAO Programme of work across the 13 English-speaking countries of the Caribbean. She is responsible for the strategic visioning for FAO’s programmes, for ensuring effective collaboration with regional bodies and managing a Multi-Disciplinary Team of Experts that supports programme implementation.

Dr. Clarke holds a PhD in Food Science and Technology from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies.


Juan M. Cheaz Peláez

FAO Representative ad interim in Barbados

Juan M. Cheaz Peláez is an Economist from the Dominican Republic. He earned his Master’s Degree in Development Studies, with specialization in Industrialization policies and International trade (1991), from the Institute of Social Studies / ERASMUS, The Netherlands. He graduated as an Economist (1989) from the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

In February 2022, he was appointed as the Food and Agriculture Organization Representative ad interim to Barbados, currently based in Bridgetown. From 2018 to 2019, he was also Representative a.i. to Jamaica, Belize, and The Bahamas, based in Kingston. He joined the UN family in September 2018, and has since then performed as the Trade and Markets Officer for the Caribbean, leading the organization’s value chain development program in the region.

His focus is on supporting the development of more competitive and resilient agricultural value chains across the Caribbean and promoting multi-stakeholder collaboration and public-private partnerships, to help drive agricultural industries and agribusiness, in a more efficient and inclusive way.

Before joining the FAO, he worked as Senior Agricultural Policy and Value Chains Coordinator and Caribbean Programme Coordinator, at the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development CTA-ACP/EU Cotonou Agreement (2014-2017). He designed and managed CTA’s Business Plan for the Caribbean and coordinated the global knowledge management component of an Agricultural Policy Program for Caribbean and Pacific countries.

While at Oxfam Great Britain (2002-2008) he served as a Regional Policy Coordinator and Policy and Practice Change Manager for Rural Livelihoods in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. He participated actively in global campaigns to make trade fair; coordinated Oxfam’s support to the joint Oxfam International program in Cuba; and represented the organization as a member of the Steering Committee and Technical Team of the Sustainable Food Lab, a global multistakeholder coalition to help build know-how, tools and partnerships for sustainable farming and supply chains of the future.


Gillian Smith

FAO Representative in Guyana

Dr. Gillian Smith is the FAO Representative in Guyana since December 2018, and holds a PhD in Marine Science from the University of the West Indies. She has worked in fisheries management and aquaculture, Quality Management, and has more than 25 years of experience in project and programme management.

Dr Smith has worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for over 14 years, leading programme development and implementation in several countries of the Caribbean, engaging with governments and other stakeholders in a wide range of areas covered by the Organization and in alignment with national and regional priorities. Dr Smith has also worked at the sub-regional and regional level of the FAO, developing Country Programming Frameworks and supporting the design of FAO’s Caribbean sub-regional priorities, and worked on initiatives to enhance alignment and synergies between the Caribbean and Latin American work programme.

Dr Smith is committed to promoting sustainable approaches to development, recognizing and respecting the views and aspirations of all stakeholders (especially the voiceless and most vulnerable) in the development process. Her abiding interest is to continue active engagement in development, ensuring that equity and social justice inform choices and responses. She is confident that people have within themselves an often unexplored capacity for doing better.

Alexis Bonte

Alexis Bonte

FAO Representative ad interim in Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize

A Belgian national, Mr. Alexis Bonte is an agricultural engineer, specializing in tropical zones, water and the environment. Mr. Bonte has more than 25 years of experience in development cooperation, humanitarian assistance and crisis management, which he has acquired through his work with the United Nations and various NGOs.

He joined FAO in 2000, where he has worked in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. His highlighted positions include Programme Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Uganda, Regional Coordinator for Agricultural Risk Management in Latin America and the Caribbean (2010-13) and Africa (2013-19).

Prior to his appointment as FAO Representative in Venezuela in October 2020, he had assumed functions as FAO Representative a.i. in 6 countries.

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