CPDC with support from the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) and Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF SPC) is implementing a project titled “Promoting the Sustainability of Small Farming Operations in the Eastern Caribbean through Disaster Risk Mitigation and Resilience Building” in three Eastern Caribbean Countries of Dominica, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
CPDC and its partners recognize that small farmers face many problems with maintaining their livelihoods particularly due to the region’s vulnerability to the increasing frequency of tropical storms, hurricanes, flash flooding, drought, and invasive species. The livelihoods of small farmers has not been sufficiently prioritized amidst the many initiatives at the macro level as regards infrastructural risk reduction, sectoral preparedness, national policy formulation and community disaster response plans. Additionally, technical support and financial resources for mitigation tend to be lacking as regards small farmers. This project seeks to address some of these issues through the provision of awareness-raising and training in disaster risk mitigation and resilience building for small farmers.
A Situational Analysis of small farmers in Dominica, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines conducted by CPDC (2020) https://cpdcngo.org/download/a-situational-analysis of-natural-disaster-impacts-on-small-farming-operations-in-three-eastern-caribbean countries-11/ assessed small farmers’ knowledge, vulnerabilities and level of preparedness to respond to the threats of natural disaster. The report identified a number of critical areas for support to farmers.
Within the context of these identified needs, The Promoting the Sustainability of Small Farming Operations in the Eastern Caribbean through Disaster Risk Mitigation and Resilience Building project is offering scholarships to individuals to pursue a Virtual Trainer of Trainer Workshop on Disaster Risk Mitigation and Resilience Building for Small Farmers. The training will cover areas such as Sustainable Agricultural Practices, Managing Drought, Managing Extreme Rainfall Events, Post Disaster Recovery and Confronting Climate Change.
Individuals from the project countries of Dominica, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines who have experience in agriculture (supervision and/or practicing), provide technical support to sustainable farming practices, and farming innovators are encouraged to apply.
The application form must be completed in order to qualify for the CPDC Scholarship. The virtual workshop is slated for 4th-7th July, 2022.
Application Deadline: Monday 13th June 2022 by 11:59 pm (UTC/GMT -4).