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USAID Caribbean Agricultural Productivity improvement Activity (CAPA)

Approach

The program will enhance food security by increasing fruit and vegetable productivity, building the capacity of buyers and input suppliers to strengthen relationships with farmers, and improving farm-level extension systems.

The program works with smallholder farmers to provide technical assistance on the production of fresh fruits and vegetables. This will help them better meet the demands of domestic, regional, and international markets. The program also works with input suppliers to increase access to agro-inputs for smallholders.

The program works with agro-processors, buyers, and other downstream players in the fruit and vegetable value chains to foster relationships between smallholder farmers and buyers. The program also helps build the capacity of smallholders to meet quality and quantity specifications defined by market needs.

The program is developing agricultural extension training programs focused on climate-smart agriculture. The program is also building a training platform and providing capacity building training events at national and regional levels.

Summary

The USAID Caribbean Agricultural Productivity improvement Activity (CAPA) is a three-year program designed to improve food security and promote sustainable farming practices. It is an important part of the food security efforts being undertaken as part of the U.S. Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030. IESC is implementing the program in Guyana, Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Expected results

The program aims to improve food security, reduce poverty, improve intra-regional trade and regional food security, and improve resilience to climate change.

Program details

Funder: USAID

Project duration: 2023 to 2026

Award: $5.3 million

Partner: Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture

 

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