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April 7, 2014

:: by David Hanson ::

Island Vulnerability

In 2004 and 2005, Grenada was hit by hurricanes Ivan and Emily that caused major damage to the agricultural sector. The island is also susceptible to several pests and diseases. To this day Grenada, formerly known as the world’s largest exporter of nutmeg and mace, has yet to fully recover from these disasters. Most recently, the islands of St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Dominica- which share similar physical, social and economic attributes with Grenada, suffered considerable losses as the result of torrential rain. With agriculture being the main economic activity of many rural peasants on these islands, their livelihoods are constantly at the mercy of environmental hazards. This makes agriculture a very risky endeavor!

My project explores how Grenadian small farmers are vulnerable and resilient to the impact of environmental hazards such as hurricanes, pests and diseases and torrential rain. Therefore, I am proposing a 14 day exploratory research trip to Grenada in April. This trip has 2 main goals (1) to meet with several stakeholders such as farmers, government officials and researchers at the St. George’s University (2) to perform personal reconnaissance of rural Grenada. These goals are driven by the need to gain firsthand accounts of the impact of disasters and what is presently being done in terms of national agricultural policy, community-based and household strategies to mitigate these impacts. Additionally, I will explore the island to identify communities that are relevant to the study at hand.

Donate @ at my Rockethub campaign. My goal is $2000US, I’m at 52% currently!

Only 2 days left to reach the goal! 

The donations will fund my trip later this month, where I will lay the foundation for my dissertation field work in Grenada- which runs from June through December. This coincides with the start of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. In January 2015, I will return to the Gainesville to write up my results and conclusions. That summer, I will present the results of my work to the farming communities, Ministry of Agriculture officials and local NGOs. I would also present my work at regional conferences.

With the limited opportunities available to fund exploratory work like this, I am looking to you to help make this project a reality. Big or small, any donation will be accepted. This trip is crucial to the successful completion of my dissertation research- so I am extremely determined to see it through.

More information about my project can be found on my RocketHub campaign. I invite you to share in this experience with me. Feel free to spread the word or donate. 

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David Hanson is a Trinidadian-born doctoral candidate in Geography and affiliated with the Tropical Conservation and Development program at the University of Florida. His general research interests lie at the intersection of social vulnerability, political ecology and agricultural development.  He enjoys playing rugby, football and weight lifting. David also coaches the women’s rugby club at the University of Florida. His best friend is an energetic black lab mix named Onyx. Twitter @MaccaHanson

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  1. April 9, 2014 8:58 am

    Reblogged this on Speak Ghana.

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