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What is
REACH?

The Resilient Environment & Agricultural Caribbean Habitats (REACH) project is a collaborative effort among regional and international implementing partners. Under the administration of the Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the partners include the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Italian International Centre on Environmental Monitoring (CIMA) Research Foundation.

The project is funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and was launched in April 2019 in the two recipient countries St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Since the launch, the implementing partners have been working alongside the Ministries of Agriculture in both countries to implement project activities.

Objective

The primary aim of the project is to enhance the capability of small farmers and their communities to organize and manage Agricultural Disaster Risk Management initiatives through improved access to and joint management of relevant agro-meteorological information flows (on a two-way basis).

Additionally, the project has scope for the joint design and implementation of adequate Natural Resource Management and agricultural risk management practices to enhance the resilience of small farmers to shocks and hazards.

To achieve this, the project is promoting the exchange and scaling-up of best practice workshops which will bring together representatives of Caribbean countries where Agriculture Disaster Risk Management (ADRM) plans are already being implemented, and where Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Natural Resource Management (NRM) best practices have been applied.

Purpose

The desired outcome is that farming communities will have improved access to tailored information on climate-related events to better prepare for threats posed by meteorological hazards.

It is also envisioned that the implemented model of information sharing will ensure the dissemination and replication of useful experiences across the region and strengthen institutional capacities at various levels, including preliminary identification of possible South-South Cooperation perspectives.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Saint Lucia

National Project Coordinator 
Dr. Felix Jaria 
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives
5th Floor, Sir Stanislaus James Building, Waterfront,
Castries, Saint Lucia.
Telephone: (758) 452-2526
Fax: (758) 453-6314
Email: info@agriculture.govt.lc 


Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

National Project Coordinator 
Noretta John
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry & Labour
Richmond Hill,
Kingstown, St Vincent & the Grenadines
Telephone: (784) 456-1410
Fax: (784) 456-1111
Email: office.agriculture@mail.gov.vc 


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