Antigua and Barbuda currently offers limited accessible public spaces for community members to gather or exercise. The nation’s dependence on tourism has also left nearly half of the islands’ residents out of work and increasingly food insecure during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. At the IAF, we support community-led approaches to make public spaces available to strengthen community ties and promote community members’ health. Our grantee partner Barnes Hill Community Development Organization (BHCDO) is developing infrastructure for its public park, which features a fruit orchard and vegetable garden. It is also working with its participants to develop backyard vegetable gardens to increase their food security and resilience in the face of natural disasters and economic disruptions.
This grant is part of the IAF’s commitment to strengthen community-led disaster mitigation and resilience in the Caribbean. It advances our partnership with USAID, Building Community Resilience in the Eastern & Southern Caribbean, as well as the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership.