Challenges and Outlookfor the CaribbeanSub-Region
The ContextoIncreased demand for food - o Climate change consumption patterns o Decreased availability and changes quality of natural resources ;increasing competition foroHigh food import bill its useoRising and volatility of the o Dynamic changes in the prices of food international environment as a result of tradeoHigh levels of poverty, liberalization, agro- malnutrition and NCDs industrialization, andoIncreased intensity and globalization of food frequency of natural production disasters
From Planning to Action: The Consultative Process Producer Organizations FAO (CPF) countryNational Governments Strategic Partners cooperation Civil Society frameworks FAO Multi-Disc. Team Sub-regional economic Sub-regional organizations frameworks of priorities – Jagdeo CARICOM – Initiative & the COTED Liliendaal Declaration OECS Regional strategic frameworks for COFLAC, CODEGALAC, priority area COPACO, COPESCAALC
Policy Objectives of the CaribbeanTransformation of the sector towards market-oriented, internationally competitive and environmentally sound production of agriculture productsIncreased production, productivity and world market shareIncreased diversification of processed agriculture productsImproved food and nutrition security.
Subregional Challenges Inadequate Financing for and Investments in the Sector. Inefficient and Outdated Agricultural Health and Food Safety Regulation (Weak SPS Framework). Dificient and Uncoordinated Risk Management, including Praedial Larceny.
Subregional Challenges Ineffective Research and Development. Lack of Skilled Human Resources. Weak Marketing Systems, Linkages and Marketing Development. Fragmented and Unorganized Private Sector.
Sub-Regional Challenges Inadequate Land and Water Resources Distribution and Management Systems. Inadequate Transportation System. Limited Participation of Youth in the Agricultural and Rural Development Processes.
Priority Areas of Intervention Food and Nutrition SecurityIncrease production and productivity levels of through promotion of sustainable agricultural systems and enterprises, post harvest technologies & storageImprove marketing and market access utilizing the value chain, land related marketing servicesDevelopment and implementation of systems of early warning and for the monitoring of prices.Promotion of changes in consumption patterns.
Priority Areas of InterventionDisaster Risk Management and Climate Change Strengthen cooperation, coordination and institutional capacities and capabilities for DRM & CCA. Promote the integration of DRM and CCA strategies in the planning and implementation processesPromote Climate Smart AgricultureImprove disaster risk management systems through the use of early warning systems and disaster management plans.
Priority Areas of InterventionDisaster Risk Management and Climate Change Promote the development of risk transfer instruments for DRM, including insurance productsImprove systems and mechanisms to address Praedial Larceny Improve the data base system for information collection, processing and disseminationImprove natural resource management for sustainable use of land and water Promote the development of certified and quality seeds
Priority Areas of Intervention Small Scale AgriculturePromote institutional strengthening of producer organizations Improve productivity along the value chainPromote backyard gardeningImprove access to marketsPromote micro and SMAEs with special focus on gender and youth
Priority Areas of Intervention Agricultural Health and Food SafetyImprove Animal and Plant Health and Food Safety Systems and infrastructure through: Institutional strengthening Capacity building Improved legal framework Enhance the capacity and capability to address Trans-boundary diseasesImprove information systems, education and communication