Project profile — Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean


WUSC - World University Service of Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-3119304848)
2020-04-20 - 2025-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Guyana (26.00%)
• Suriname (10.00%)
• Saint Lucia (18.00%)
• Jamaica (34.00%)
• Dominica (12.00%)


• Agricultural development:
Agricultural development (31120) (33.00%)
Agricultural extension (31166) (33.00%)
• General Environmental Protection: Environmental education/training (41081) (34.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project works to increase the economic prosperity of women and youth in more sustainable agricultural markets. The project also works to promote women’s leadership and decision-making in the agriculture sector. Climate change and climate-induced natural disasters present a major risk to crop production in the Caribbean, where agriculture is an important source of employment for rural communities. The project targets five low to middle-income Caribbean countries, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Suriname, with the greatest potential for climate smart economic growth. Project activities include: (1) engaging multiple stakeholders, including established country partners, to create links between key market actors; (2) providing training, information sharing, and outreach to women and youth to strengthen their capacity; (3) coordinating gender sensitive social outreach and engagement campaigns targeting market actors, to address barriers and enhance access to inclusive, sustainable and climate resilient agricultural market systems; and (4) fostering climate resilient approaches (re-orienting agricultural development for sustainability), at every stage and via every market actor in the agricultural value chain. The project expects to benefit up to 48,000 people, including 12,000 farmers (of which 75% are women or youth) and their families. The project also aims to reach 340,000 people through the project’s communications efforts.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased equitable participation of women and youth in the agricultural sector; and (2) improved agricultural productivity of producers and entrepreneurs, in particular women and youth, in inclusive, sustainable and climate resilient agricultural market systems.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) hosted 360 consultations across the five project countries. This allowed 5,337 small-scale farmers (including women and youth) the opportunity to discuss with decision-makers preferred strategies and actions to address their agricultural production issues; (2) selected 16 market opportunities and identified partnerships to deliver training, technical assistance, and capacity development activities to meet agreed objectives; (3) organized five capacity development training sessions for market actors; (4) trained 237 women and youth in leadership,488 in entrepreneurship, and 541 in business management; (5) provided role modelling and mentorship programs to 2668 women and youth; (6) trained 700 women, youth, and men on best practices for integrating climate-resilient agricultural production techniques; (7) provided six groups with equipment, input, and supplies to support adopting best practices to boost production and improve market readiness and food safety; and (8) trained 69 extension service officers on methods for integrated-climate service delivery in Guyana.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $3,240,764
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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