TUESDAY. The Changing Global Environment. Jim Goggin.

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TUESDAY. The Changing Global Environment. Jim Goggin.

  1. 1. 1a YOUTH GLOBAL FORUM 2010 NETWORKING FOR IMPACT BY JAMES GOGGIN USAID REPRESENTATIVE September 21, 2010
  2. 2. 2 MAP OF THE CARIBBEAN
  3. 3. 3 CURRENT SITUATION • Vulnerability • Transitional period • Unemployment
  4. 4. 4 • Mindset issues • Educational curriculum • Drug involvement • Migration • Financial sector DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES
  5. 5. 5 • Macroeconomic and microeconomic conditions • Micro-finance provisions • Self-employment opportunities POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
  6. 6. 6 USAID’S INITIATIVES • Structural Reform Process • New Youth-Serving Initiatives – Workforce Development – Junior Achievement – Cave Hill School of Business • Youth Microenterprise Opportunities
  7. 7. 7 YOUTH MICROENTERPRISE OPPORTUNITIES • Study conducted in August 2010 for USAID Eastern Caribbean Youth Microenterprise Program by EcoVentures International • Barbados and Dominica first assessments, others will follow • Identified wide range of activities in short time, revealing strong youth opportunities • Types of High Priority Youth Microenterprise: 35 specific opportunities
  8. 8. 8 BARBADOS OPPORTUNITIES 26% 23%20% 17% 14% Technical/Professional services (including creative services) Primaryproduction and value-added processing, Agriculture Contractor/sub-contractor Bulking, distribution, brokering New services
  9. 9. 9 AGRICULTURE SECTOR Agricultural Processing; • Gift arrangement and packaging • Small scale processing and storage • Procurement • Export Root Crops • Production • Harvesting • Brokering/Wholesale
  10. 10. 10 Herbs • Production • Processing and Storage • Brokering/Wholesale Specialty Crops & Technical Services • Production • Technical specialty service provision
  11. 11. 11 Specialty Crops Sector Map (High-potential opportunities are indicated by the black boxes)
  12. 12. 12 OPPORTUNITIES FOR TECHNICAL SPECIALTY SERVICES • Agricultural technical specialist including pest control, fertilizer and weed management specialist • Shortage of technicians • Ministry of Agriculture interested in providing training to increase viability of greenhouse agriculture • Trained ag. technicians could immediately provide services for existing greenhouses • Ag. Experts identified these jobs as particularly suitable for youth as they are more technical and less farm labor-oriented
  13. 13. 13 EXAMPLES OF TECHNICAL SERVICES NEEDED IN MARKET • Pest management • Fertilizer and weed management • Irrigation scheduling • Soil composition testing • Equipment maintenance • Post-harvest handling • Business management • Networking and brokering • Record-keeping • Health, safety and security • Green house support services
  14. 14. 14 SIMILAR ASSESSMENT IN DOMINICA 23% of 30 Youth Microenterprise Opportunities in Agriculture – Fishing tourism – Organic Fertilizer production and distribution – Raw material bulking and supply to processors – Specialty crops (herbal teas, hot peppers) – Distillation of essential oils
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