Japan, UNDP and Ministry of Finance sign agreements to Strengthen Disaster Management Capacity of Women in Guyana and Dominica

 Caption: Hon. Winston Jordan, Minister of Finance (L) and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mikiko Tanaka (R) exchange signed project agreement.

The agriculture sector in Guyana and Dominica has been increasingly affected by climate change and recurring disasters such as hurricanes, floods and droughts. Dominica was amongst the hardest hit countries by the devastating hurricanes in 2017.  Guyana has seen floods and droughts particularly in hinterland regions that have disrupted livelihoods of many families.  Disaster risk reduction is ever more critical in building resilience of rural communities and the active role of women in agriculture points to the need to strengthen capacities and systems to empower women in disaster management.       

The “Project to Strengthen Disaster Management Capacity of Women in Guyana and Dominica” brings together the Governments of Japan, the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, the Commonwealth of Dominica and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to address this dire need in the two countries. The project aims to reduce vulnerabilities and risks in the agriculture sector by targeting three broad drivers of these problems: gaps in gender analysis, hazard and risk data; limited integration of climate change and disaster risk planning and practices in the agriculture sector; and limited access to appropriate, sustainable finance for vulnerable small farmers and women’s groups. Read more >>>