DPMC

 

Agriculture Policy and Development

National Adaptation Strategy to Address Climate Change in the Agricultural Sector of Guyana

With a team of locally recruited experts the firm developed a National Adaptation Strategy to Address Climate Change in the Agricultural Sector of Guyana for the Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change (MACC) Project. Under this Project the following comprehensive activities were undertaken on the Agriculture and related sectors:

  1. An Economic Review,
  2. A Technical Assessment of Climate Change on the Agricultural Sector
  3. A Policy Assessment,
  4. A Review of the Legislative Framework, and
  5. An Institutional Assessment.

Out of the above activities a single synthesis report was developed and the Strategy crafted.

Duration: May 2008 to February, 2009


Extensive Coastal Farmlands can be Affected by Climate Change
 

Social Impact Assessment on Guyana’s National Sugar Action Plan

In collaboration with international consultants the firm conducted a Social Impact Assessment on Guyana’s National Sugar Action Plan for the European Commission (EC) in Guyana.

Our duties included:

  1. Estimating the likely social impacts of the Guyana National Sugar Action Plan at the community, regional, and national levels, expressed in terms of best, most-likely, and worst-case scenarios for key parameters such as employment and household incomes,
  2. Proposing measures to mitigate any adverse impacts by means of changes to existing laws, regulations, insurance schemes or other safety nets,
  3. Proposing measures to enhance the benefits of potentially favourable social impacts;
  4. Examining alternative income generating activities, i.e., via agricultural diversification efforts, small business development, commercial development, and
  5. Recruiting and training of staff to conduct field survey exercises and the provision of statistical analysis as requested by experts.


Duration: August to September, 2007

 

Building Capacities to Improve the Competitiveness of the Caribbean Agricultural Sector

Developed a project for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) aimed at Building Capacities to Improve the Competitiveness of the Caribbean Agricultural Sector that required:

  1. Analyzing the current capabilities of the beneficiaries agencies in delivering the envisaged outputs, and proposing the strengthening activities,
  2. Analyzing the best practices in producing and distributing distance-learning contents or courses related to the agricultural and agribusiness sector, and
  3. Designing an effective and efficient intervention mode or business model for the provision of the Regional Public Goods aimed at identifying and aggregate the training demands for the Caribbean region.


Duration: August to December, 2007

Meeting with Farmers In Parika Backdam Interacting with Farmers In Parika Visiting-farmers in annsgrove
 

Strategy Paper for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Food Security

Designed a Strategy Paper for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Food Security, financed by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO/UN) Branch Office in Trinidad and Tobago.

Our tasks included:

  1. Preparing a situational analysis of Food security and Vulnerability in CARIFORUM that  included a summary of key policy information at the national and regional level,
  2. Reviewing the key national/regional policies, strategies and responses to the factors and conditions which could create vulnerability from a food security perspective. Based on the situational analysis and the review of key national/regional policies, strategies and responses, we identified the main areas of deficiency and existing gaps that  required intervention in an effort to address food insecurity and vulnerability, and
  3. Providing guidelines in terms of appropriate institutional arrangements and other mechanisms for the effective implementation of regional food security policies, strategies, programs and actions.


Duration: July 2006 to May, 2007


Small scale farmers harvesting Cabbage in Guyana
 
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