Antigua and Barbuda
With the support of the British High Commission, through IAMovement’s 2018 project “The Vetiver Network West Indies (TVNWI)”; a stakeholder outreach trip was carried out in Antigua in November 2018, which entailed an introductory workshop to local farming cooperatives, NGOs and other nature-based entities and community groups, facilitated by the GEF Small Grants Programme and Department of Environment. Site visits were also conducted on the properties and projects of some of the workshop attendees, and general reconnaissance of the island was completed to observe land and water-based challenges being faced where The Vetiver System (VS) could provide solutions. Strong interest in The Vetiver System (VS) solutions were voiced and partnership opportunities developed with the Barbuda Farmers Cooperative, MIPA, and Wallings Nature Reserve.
Barbuda is a low lying and heavily sea-sprayed island, with challenges of coastal erosion and a lack of fertile topsoil. The erosion protection and mulching (topsoil development) capabilities of vetiver grass are therefore of interest to assist with these challenges.
Efforts were also made to locate and identify the existence of vetiver grass on Antigua, but none could be found. It was therefore concluded that to make use of The Vetiver System (VS) in Antigua and Barbuda, initial stocks will need to be supplied from neighboring Caribbean islands – such as Dominica.