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Promoting sustainable livelihoods among Eastern Caribbean farmers (2017-2019)

Overall objective of the action is to enhance opportunities for sustainable livelihoods amongst rural agricultural farmers in Barbados, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Grenada. In particular, it aims to improve the financial and operational sustainability of small scale farmer operations; to ensure the implementation of sustainable/cost effective farming practices among rural farmers; to improve the opportunities for access to finance to support the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices in agricultural production; and to enhance the enabling policy environment for sustainable agriculture.

Main target groups of the action include small scale rural farmers, with a special focus on women and youth farmers; representatives of farmers’ organization; and private sector agencies working in the renewable energy sector.

The action has three main components:

  1. Capacity building: composed of workshops on marketing, financial management, and record keeping; mentoring and individual coaching; workshops on climate smart agriculture; and implementation of a sustainability SWOT analysis with clear options for actions for more sustainable farming practices.
  2. Financing: offering financial support and technical assistance to 10 rural women and young farmers (mini-grants).
  3. Enabling policy framework: developing a model policy framework on sustainable agriculture to guide national policy development.

For further information, please visit ngo-at-work.org/barbados.