The Caribbean small-scale fisheries sector is vitally important for food security, household income and employment in coastal communities across the region. This includes both the harvest of fish and post-harvest activities, such as processing, selling and marketing of fish products.

The sector is also highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including a range of biophysical and socio-economic impacts due to increased sea surface temperatures and storm intensity, ocean acidification and sea level rise.

Improving our understanding of how Caribbean countries can plan for climate change and related disasters in order to reduce the impacts on small-scale fisheries and fishing communities, especially the poor and most vulnerable, and enhance local livelihoods and food security is critical.

The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) has been contracted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to provide technical assistance under the Project on the Climate Change and Poverty Nexus for Enhancing Resilient Fisheries Livelihoods and Food Security in Three Caribbean Countries: Barbados, Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis.

The project aims to improve understanding of the linkages between poverty, food security and climate change in the Caribbean small-scale fisheries sector.  The project is being implemented by FAO from 2019-2020 with funding from its Multi-Disciplinary Fund.

CANARI’s work will focus on the analysis of fisheries value chains to identify best practices for reducing poverty and vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters in the Caribbean small-scale fisheries sector.

This work will contribute directly to output 2 of the overall project – “Responsible fishing practices are implemented to achieve sustainability and reduce poverty, food insecurity and vulnerability to climate related events and natural disasters”.


To identify best practices for reduction of poverty and vulnerability to climate change and related disasters through analysing Caribbean small-scale fisheries value chains.

Key activities and outputs

  • Conduct scoping analysis to identify fisheries-based enterprises to target for value chain analysis in three project countries
  • Conduct fieldwork and data analysis for value chain analysis of target fisheries-based enterprises
  • Prepare report identifying practices for value adding and reducing vulnerability to climate change and disasters in fisheries-based enterprises

Publications and reports

  • Report of workshop for analysing fisheries value chains in Dominica
  • Report of workshop for analysing fisheries value chains in Nevis


Please click here for Project Summary.


For more information, contact Dr. Ainka Granderson, Senior Technical Officer at [email protected].

See related work under CANARI’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme and Coastal and Marine Livelihoods and Governance Programme.