Climate Smart Agriculture and Rural Enterprise Programme
The Climate Smart Agriculture and Rural Enterprise Programme (SAEP) aims at promoting rural business development and climate-smart agricultural practices in rural areas of Grenada. Two of the main vulnerabilities of Grenada are common ones for small island development states: high levels of youth unemployment (above 40 per cent) and high exposure of agricultural production to climate change and climate variability.
The agricultural sector in Grenada suffers from low productivity levels, an ageing farming population, a large amount of idle land (up to 28 per cent of agricultural land), and lack of irrigated areas, storage and processing facilities. As a result, Grenada depends on food imports for up to 80 per cent of its consumption.
By combining sustainable climate-smart agricultural practices with the development of agro-processing enterprises, the programme is expected to lead to a significant increase in production and income levels in the rural areas of Grenada. The goal of the programme is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and vulnerability in rural communities, benefitting around 7,500 households (54 per cent of the total rural poor households).
SAEP specifically targets two of the most vulnerable groups: unemployed and underemployed men and women, with a focus on youth, and smallholder farmers vulnerable to climate change and variability. SAEP supports ongoing and start-up businesses in rural areas through capacity building, technical services and financing. It promotes innovation and the engagement of young people in the most promising sectors of the rural economy, including farming and non-farming activities (for example agro-processing, eco-tourism and renewable energy).
To address climate vulnerablity, SAEP increases the sustainability of small farmers through the adoption of climate smart techniques including more efficient water management and conservation measures like irrigation and rain-water harvesting systems, terracing, drainage and mulching. The programme also provides extension services to farmers to improve marketing links.
23 December 2017
2017 - 2024
Total Project Cost
US$ 12 million
US$ 6.4 million
Caribbean Development Bank US$ 3 million
National Government US$ 2 million