The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, hosted the launching of a Resilience Centre Concept on February 20th in a press briefing at the Prevost Cinemall.
The launching of this initiative followed a 3-day face-to-face workshop from Monday 18th February which was hosted to prepare the concept paper presenting Dominica as the Global Resilience Centre for Agriculture.
The Global Center of Resilience and Agriculture is to prevent the predicament that the agricultural sector withstood post hurricane Maria in 2017. The aim of this concept is to approach agriculture in Dominica meeting the mandate of withstanding natural disasters.
The Honorable Minister of Agriculture Reginald Austrie, requested assistance from the Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in 2018 upon his visit to Dominica. Ever since, IICA has pledged their support to provide assistance to the people of Dominica thus IICA is the main partner spearheading this concept.
There were substantial meetings to solidify ideas for development in the agricultural sector prior to the arrival of the international partners to Dominica.
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) specialist in water and soil management Dr Chaney St. Martin, said “We were able to get the consensus on the way forward in terms of developing concept paper which will be followed by project document and; we also identify the roles of the organisations that are going to contribute to that.”
This concept is being develop by the support of partners including the: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MoAFF); the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO); Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA); the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI); Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA); the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF); the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and; the Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD).
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Dr Reginald Thomas says the ministry is committed to the development of the agricultural sector in Dominica in keeping with the mandate of making Dominica the first climate resilient nation.