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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

EU grant to support Caribbean fisherfolk

The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) received more than €1 million grant from the European Development Fund, to improve the contribution of the small scale fisheries sector to food security in the Caribbean.
This is to be achieved through a four-year project, to cover fisherfolk working across the Caribbean, including in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The project aims at building the capacity of regional and national fisherfolk organisation networks to participate in fisheries governance and management. This is seen as critical to address the region’s growing concern with food and nutrition security. Since 2005, the Caribbean has recorded food import bills of more than €3.5 billion and rising food prices have compounded this challenge.
The fisheries sector in the CARICOM region employs over 182,000 persons, directly or indirectly. These are mostly small-scale fisherfolk from rural communities who lack other income earning opportunities.
The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is a regional technical non-profit organisation which has been working in the islands of the Caribbean for more than 20 years.