Agriculture in the Caribbean has a major role to play in the pursuit of sustainable development in the Caribbean but it is in decline in most of the region. The decline is due to loss of cost competitiveness, erosion of trade preferences for the export of traditional products like sugar and bananas, and underinvestment in the sector. In addition, areas such as the agricultural sector the world over, suffers from vulnerability to natural disasters and price volatility. Despite this trend, Caribbean states such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, and Guyana has seen marginal growth in their respective agricultural sectors. The CARICOM single market and economy cites agriculture as a key component of economic resilience within the Caribbean. Its strategic plan for 2015-2019. This fact sheet examines the support by various entities in the Caribbean for agriculture.
The World Bank has created a Regional Agricultural Competitiveness Project for OECS countries. The main goal is to increase market access as well as sales for farmers and fishers, as well as their allied ‘aggregators and agro-processors.’
Sustainable Development Goals
Source: Caribbean Development Bank
Source: The World Bank
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