Assistance to improve local agricultural emergency preparedness in Caribbean countries
Leading Organization:Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:FAO Food and Agriculture Organization
Recurrent natural hazards destabilize the socio-economic fabric of the Caribbean region with most damaging impacts of hurricanes experienced in 2004, 2006 and 2008. At least 6,000 lives were lost, and over one million people were affected by climate related hazards in the region in 2004 alone. Comprehensive assessments of the impacts of the extraordinary active hurricane season 2004 on five Caribbean countries revealed that the damages were close to US $5.7 billion. Moreover, the productive sectors which included agriculture accounted for over one third (35.2%) of associated damages and losses. Such events have exposed the socio-cultural and environmental vulnerabilities of the Caribbean basin, and the urgent need to rethink disaster management options.
* Collection, validation, testing and replication of good practices in agriculture.
* Promote close collaboration between stakeholders to promote synergies and avoid possible duplications
* Promote and improve linkages between disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness and emergency relief operations and their complementary integration into regular agricultural and rural and regional development planning
* Enhance regional learning exchange on DRM
* Establish exchange process among sectors and countries for the knowledge on DRM
* Assess the institutional frameworks in place for DRM in agriculture within the participating countries, and compare among them, including weaknesses and strengths
* Formulate the recommendations to further strengthen country specific and regional institutional settings for DRM in agriculture.
stephan.baas at fao.org