Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana’s vulnerability to natural hazards represent a threat to sustainable socio-economic growth and long term peace and prosperity at the national level. Given the paramount importance of the agriculture sector to national development, food and nutrition security, poverty reduction and livelihood opportunities, especially vulnerable small farmers and livestock holder, Agricultural Disaster Risk Mapping is most relevant.
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture Delegation in Trinidad & Tobago hosted an Agriculture Risk Mapping workshop from June 21st – 23rd, 2016 which included participants from Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana.
The three (3) day workshop was facilitated by Mr. David Oswald and Mr. Trevor Smith from DE Design + Environment Inc. aimed to provide an overview of disaster risk management frameworks and specific instructions (using a specialized computer programme) as to how to create and use agricultural risk maps for flood, drought, landslide, and saline intrusion.
Guyana participants included representatives from Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Hydromet Department, Guyana Livestock Development Authority (GLDA), Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) and IICA Delegation in Guyana.
A follow up workshop will be held in Guyana to review the management frameworks and the use of the specialised computer programme.
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