For communities living in small Caribbean islands, severe weather, natural disasters, and their aftermath threaten food security, public health, and vital local livelihoods like tourism and agriculture. At the IAF, we support community-led approaches that increase resilience to natural disasters, including through sustainable agriculture. Our grantee partner, the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC), increases the resilience of smallholder farmers in Dominica, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines by training farmer organizations in disaster preparedness techniques, including creating seed banks, intercropping with water-resistant crops, and improving drainage and water storage infrastructure. CPDC then provides these organizations with small grants to support the farmers’ application of the techniques learned.
This grant is part of the IAF’s commitment to strengthen community-led disaster mitigation and resilience in the Caribbean and is advancing the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership.