Study on the Capacities of Professionals in the Fisheries and Agriculture Sectors of Small Caribbean Island States to Cope with Disaster Risks and the Effects of Climate Change 


February 2024


Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & Grenadines


Economic and Social



Within the READY 360° program implemented by PIRAC, Unite Caribbean conducted a comprehensive study on the preparedness of professionals in the fisheries and agriculture sectors across small Caribbean Island states. As a regional organisation committed to fostering collaboration and development, Unite Caribbean is well positioned to facilitate a preliminary study that addresses the specific challenges posed by natural disasters, health crises, and the impacts of climate change in the Caribbean. 

To fulfil the objectives outlined by PIRAC, Unite Caribbean engaged in a series of innovative actions to conduct a diagnosis of the vulnerability of agriculture and fishing sectors on a regional scale, providing an insightful overview of the sectors and their associated vulnerabilities. Leveraging its expertise, Unite Caribbean assessed the preparedness levels of farming and fishing professionals, identifying gaps and needs in entrepreneurial preparedness. Additionally, the organisation analysed existing capacity-building initiatives for agriculture and fisheries professionals, seeking innovative approaches to enhance their resilience. 

Unite Caribbean’s study was anticipated to yield a comprehensive inventory of vulnerabilities and capacities in the fisheries and agriculture sectors. Expected results included the identification of key players and coordination mechanisms crucial for providing effective support to professionals in these sectors. The study aimed to provide operational recommendations for strengthening the preparedness of agriculture and fisheries professionals against the risks of disasters, health crises, and climate change impacts. 

The achieved results encompassed a detailed regional diagnosis of sector vulnerabilities, an overview of agriculture and fisheries sectors, and an assessment of professional preparedness levels. Furthermore, Unite Caribbean delivered operational recommendations that offered practical guidance for enhancing the resilience of agriculture and fisheries professionals. Through these actions, Unite Caribbean contributed significantly to the overarching goals of the READY 360° program, ensuring that the Caribbean’s farming and fishing communities were better equipped to face the challenges posed by disasters and climate change. 


For more information, please contact Chelcee Brathwaite.

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