- Disaster Risk Management Plan for the Agriculture Sector 2013 – 2018 (4722 Downloads)
Climate change is expected to worsen the Republic’s vulnerability, with the greatest impacts projected to affect the coastal zone and the agriculture sector. The need to integrate disaster risk management (DRM) in the agriculture sector is imperative, cognizant of the immense importance of the industry to socio-economic development and food and nutrition security.
The Government of Guyana through its Civil Defence Commission (CDC) has made significant strides in addressing the inherent risks through its various commitments and targeted interventions. In keeping with the mandates for sectoral planning as stipulated by the CDC, the Ministry of Agriculture with technical assistance provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) developed an Agriculture DRM Plan designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Strengthen capacities and operating frameworks within the agriculture sector to prevent and mitigate the impacts of disasters, while promoting efficient and effective restoration of livelihoods through a well-coordinated mechanism.
- Improve decision-making and coordination with respect to DRM among stakeholders at international, national, regional and local levels.
- Articulate a sustainable mechanism for integrated financial resource mobilization that facilitates ongoing implementation of DRM activities.
A participatory, bottom-up approach championed by stakeholders at the national and regional administrative levels framed the plan development process. Stakeholders were consulted through key informant interviews, four targeted consultations and two national stakeholder workshops. Review and analysis of secondary literature including national policies, plans and risk profiles complemented the above methodology.