Synthesis Documents

Developing sustainable, green and inclusive agricultural value chains in the Caribbean and Pacific Islands, CTA, 2014

    This book presents the findings of two reports commissioned by the ACP/EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), with funding from FAO. During 2012 nine case studies of value chains were implemented in seven countries in the Caribbean and Pacific regions.

    The book aims to draw comparisons between value chains in these two regions that have much in common. The Pacific is entirely and the Caribbean largely made up of island nations with relatively small populations. The two regions have sought to promote intra-regional agricultural trade, although with only limited success. Meanwhile, both are becoming increasingly dependent on food imports, in some cases with negative impacts on nutrition. Both have witnessed sizable emigration and, as a consequence, have large diasporas that offer potential markets for products from the islands. At the same time, they encounter significant Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) and logistical problems
    when trying to supply those diasporas and other extra-regional markets.

    The book reviews a wide range of factors affecting commercial value chain development in the two regions, with emphasis being placed on how the chains studied have maximised the inclusion of smallholders and on identifying ways in which they have been able to address sustainability concerns. The case studies used, which refer to chains supplying domestic, regional and international markets, aimed to draw lessons on both the critical success factors for and the constraints on entrepreneurial initiative and commercial viability.