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Agriculture in the Eastern Caribbean

Transforming agriculture in the Eastern Caribbean is one of the priorities of the OECS. A review of the Policy Framework and Strategic Plan for Agriculture was conducted by the OECS Commission in 2009. The results of the review highlighted some of the key challenges of the agricultural sector in the OECS Member states including a growing population, an increase in food demand accompanied by changing dietary preferences, an increase in the cost of energy and a scarcity of resources such as water and land. The access to sustainable financial resources to ensure the production and distribution of food is also one of the main issues faced by stakeholders in the area of agriculture in the Eastern Caribbean.  In recognizing the urgency to address these issues the OECS Commission, through the Agriculture Unit, is collaborating with its Member States along with multiple international agencies to review existing policies and formulate and execute a strategy for the sustainable development of agriculture in the Eastern Caribbean region.


The main objective of the OECS is to transform agriculture in the Eastern Caribbean while reducing poverty and promoting food and nutrition security. Eight priorities were identified in light of this objective.

  1. Transform Agriculture
    Transform agriculture through the promotion of viable private sector initiatives, targeting markets for Non-Traditional Agricultural Exports (NTAEs).
  2. Alleviate Poverty and Food Insecurity
    Alleviate poverty and reduce food insecurity through policies and incentive regimes which encourage the transition of vulnerable rural populations.
  3. Develop and Promote Agro-Tourism Services
    Establish OECS criteria and guidelines to identify, evaluate and develop a package of complimentary agro-tourism sites throughout the OECS Member States.
  4. Develop Synergies with the CARICOM Single Market & Economy (CSME)
    Adopt a strategic approach and establish synergies between economies of the Member states of the OECS and the wider CARICOM Single Market & Economy.
  5. Mobilise Resources for Implementation
    Formulate and implement a Resource Mobilisation, Investment and Financing Strategy for the development of Agriculture in the Eastern Caribbean through the OECS Agriculture Plan.
  6. Strengthen the Capacities of the OECS Agriculture Unit
    Strengthen the capacities of the OECS Agriculture Unit to ensure a better cooperation with all public and private stakeholders in the area of agriculture in the Eastern Caribbean and an effective participation of OECS Member States in the OECS Agriculture Plan.
  7. Secure Water Resources
    Secure long-term access to water resources for irrigation. 
  8. Mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change
    Promote and support climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies to protect the food production and distribution chain and build resilience against natural disasters. 


Over the years, the OECS, through its Agriculture Unit, has been supporting or leading multiple programmes designed to respond to the challenges and opportunities of agriculture in the Eastern Caribbean. The following programmes have been implemented or are currently being implemented by the OECS Commission:  

Current projects include: 

  1. The Blue BioTrade Project
  2. The INTERREG CambioNet Project  

1 - The Blue BioTrade Project 

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The Blue BioTrade Project aims to empower small-scale coastal producers from OECS member states to produce and trade queen conch products sustainably in domestic, regional and international markets. This project is funded by the European Union (EU) under the OECS - EU Regional Integration through Growth Harmonization and Technology (RIGHT) Project.

The Blue BioTrade Project is being implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), with the support of the Secretariat for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The project was launched in 2020 and should be completed by the end of December 2022.

Learn more. 

2 - The INTERREG CambioNet Project

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The INTERREG CambioNet Project is a €8 million project co-funded by the INTERREG Caraïbes programme under the European Regional Development Fund. The main objective of INTERREG CambioNet is to accelerate the bioeconomic modernisation of agriculture in the Eastern Caribbean by providing small farms with concrete and innovative solutions. 

The INTERREG CambioNet Project is led by INRAE (Institut national de la recherche agronomique), in partnership with the OECS through its Agriculture Unit, FREDON Martinique, INCA (Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Agrícolas) in Cuba, the Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development Institute (CARDI), Anton de Kom University of Suriname, Heifer International in Haiti, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Agriculture et Développement en Amazonie guyanaise (ADAG), the University of the West Indies St. Augustine in Trinidad, the Chamber of Agriculture of Guadeloupe, the Chamber of Agriculture of Martinique and Université des Antilles.

The project was launched in March 2021 and should be completed by the end of December 2022.

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Lench Fevrier 
Senior Technical Specialist- Agriculture Sector
Tel: +1 (758) 455-6345

Natasha Deterville-Moise
Technical Specialist - Agriculture
Tel: +1 (758) 455-6332

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