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OECS agriculture task force to assist St Lucia and St Vincent
Published on January 11, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In response to the damage sustained by the agricultural and rural sectors as a result of the December 24 weather system that affected the Windward Islands, an Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) ad hoc agriculture task force has agreed to embark on a support mission to Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines on January 9 and 10 and January 13 and 14 respectively.

The task force, established at a November 2013 meeting of OECS ministers of agriculture held to address issues of governance for agriculture development and food and nutrition security in the OECS, took the decision to mount the Windward Islands support mission at its third meeting held on Tuesday.

The agriculture support mission, led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), includes professionals from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development institute (CARDI) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat.

The following are the main tasks of the mission:

• The preparation of emergency response and livelihood rehabilitation projects for immediate funding consideration;

• The preparation of development project ideas for building resilience within the agricultural and rural sectors for funding consideration in the short run; and

• To assist with implementation of the funded projects

The OECS agriculture task force will work with national agriculture sector officials to review the preliminary damage assessments undertaken by the respective ministries of agriculture, and will generate additional information required for emergency and development project preparation and for development of the respective project documents for funding consideration. Upon completion of the preliminary assessment of damage to Dominica’s agricultural and rural sectors, the task force will schedule a visit to that country.
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