The project “Promoting sustainable livelihoods among Eastern Caribbean farmers” is implemented in partnership between Pro NGO! e.V., Koeln, Germany and the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC), Bridgetown, Barbados.
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:
- 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.
- Financing: offering financial support and technical assistance to 10 rural women and young farmers (mini-grants).
- Enabling policy framework: developing a model policy framework on sustainable agriculture to guide national policy development.
Short-term impacts will include improved operational and financial sustainability of farmer operations; Strengthened capacity of small scale farmers in the application of climate smart agricultural practices; Enhanced opportunities via CSR for the establishment and financing of sustainable farming practices by designing CSR roadmaps; Enhanced policy environment to support sustainable agricultural production.
Medium & long-term impacts will include more sustainable small scale farmer’ operations and sustainable farming practices; improved management of small scale farms; increased farm income, improved livelihood security; adoption of climate smart approaches and technologies on farms; increased participation of women and youth in the agricultural sector; improved policy environment for sustainable agricultural approaches; and improved private investment in the agriculture sector.
The project was launched in February 2017 and will last until January 2019.