Comprising some 52 countries and territories and accounting for 5% of the world’s population, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has about the same number of inhabitants as South Africa. This group of geographically disparate countries, includes some of the poorest countries in the world and faces many vulnerabilities such as natural hazards, international trade dependence, a high food import bill and economic shocks. These economies are highly dependent on tourism which contributes 40% of GDP in contrast to the agricultural sector which only accounts for half of that.
However, there are great opportunities emerging and some SIDS are taking full advantage of these and doing extremely well. The key, it seems, is more funding for research. The link between research and indigenous knowledge is needed, and more research is encouraged in areas such as climate-smart agriculture, nutrition-dense foods, and regional trade opportunities.
CTA will address these and other related topics at a special side event on 15 May 2014 during the IFPRI conference.
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