Policy Options & Examples
for Diversified & Resilient Livelihoods
Keeley Holder
July 3rd, 2013
Building Economic Resilienc...
The BIG Question?
How do we as SIDS each develop a
macro-economic growth strategy that can
be adaptable & responsive to th...
POLICY DECISION 1
Export goods
5 Reasons to Export Goods
1. Goods producing sector & services sector are
inseparable & complementary.
2. Inter-sectoral r...
Example: Goods-Exporting SIDS
• Singapore
• Malta
What else do they have in common?
POLICY DECISION 2
Increase goods competitiveness
by becoming a trans-shipment point
What’s Shaping Global Trade?Circum-HemisphericCirculation
 Strait of
Malacca
(Singapore)
 Strait of
Gibraltar & Suez
Can...
POLICY DECISION 3
Develop a “smart agriculture” strategy
“New generation of agriculture that is heavily
dependent on infor...
Why SMART Agriculture?
Singapore & Malta closer to commercial centres & large
landmasses, food security is not as big an i...
Smart Agriculture: The Macro Level
1. Separation of commercial growers from backyard
gardeners/subsistence farmers (e.g. B...
Smart Agriculture: The Macro Level
2. Select 2/3 higher-value products based on competitive
advantage, (e.g. Grenada nutme...
2. Export volume, target: domestic market 80%
saturated
Smart Agriculture: The Macro Level
3. Use export products to build competitive agro-
processing industries
• Assures processors abundant supply
of low cost r...
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The presentation will be made in the context of the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean towards the Third International Conference on SIDS 2014. FAO is hosting a special event: "Addressing major threats for improved livelihoods and sustainable development in the Caribbean SIDS"

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Policy Options & Examples for Diversified & Resilient Livelihoods

  1. 1. Policy Options & Examples for Diversified & Resilient Livelihoods Keeley Holder July 3rd, 2013 Building Economic Resilience through Agriculture & Trade
  2. 2. The BIG Question? How do we as SIDS each develop a macro-economic growth strategy that can be adaptable & responsive to the ever changing global environment?
  3. 3. POLICY DECISION 1 Export goods
  4. 4. 5 Reasons to Export Goods 1. Goods producing sector & services sector are inseparable & complementary. 2. Inter-sectoral relationship between goods & services generally show asymmetrical dependence. 3. Goods producing sector has a greater multiplier effect than services. 4. Exporting builds trust & cooperation in small populations. 5. Exporting volume reduces the cost of inputs & makes export products more competitive.
  5. 5. Example: Goods-Exporting SIDS • Singapore • Malta What else do they have in common?
  6. 6. POLICY DECISION 2 Increase goods competitiveness by becoming a trans-shipment point
  7. 7. What’s Shaping Global Trade?Circum-HemisphericCirculation  Strait of Malacca (Singapore)  Strait of Gibraltar & Suez Canal (Malta)  Panama Canal (Caribbean)
  8. 8. POLICY DECISION 3 Develop a “smart agriculture” strategy “New generation of agriculture that is heavily dependent on information and communication technologies (ICTs), knowledge management, mechanisation & skilled professionals.”
  9. 9. Why SMART Agriculture? Singapore & Malta closer to commercial centres & large landmasses, food security is not as big an issue; most Caribbean SIDS not as close. Most Caribbean SIDS not trans-shipment hubs. Many Caribbean SIDS have competitive advantages in agriculture that can be easily maximised. Agriculture can put quick wins on table in recession. Health & Wellness MEGA Trend.
  10. 10. Smart Agriculture: The Macro Level 1. Separation of commercial growers from backyard gardeners/subsistence farmers (e.g. Brazil). • Provide policies, framework & infrastructure for both to thrive
  11. 11. Smart Agriculture: The Macro Level 2. Select 2/3 higher-value products based on competitive advantage, (e.g. Grenada nutmeg, cocoa), do them well • Today’s business: market segmentation, niche marketing → practice price discrimination, enhance opportunities for growth & retain customers • Shopping is an EXPERIENCE • What do consumers VALUE?
  12. 12. 2. Export volume, target: domestic market 80% saturated Smart Agriculture: The Macro Level
  13. 13. 3. Use export products to build competitive agro- processing industries • Assures processors abundant supply of low cost raw materials • Make sure you’ve worked out kinks in agricultural production first! Smart Agriculture: The Macro Level

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