Scale-up the Seamoss Industry in St. Vincent and the Grenadines through training and Value-added products.
* Quality Assured Data from SGP’s Annual Monitoring Process as of June 30, 2021.
Scale-up the Seamoss Industry in St. Vincent and the Grenadines through training and Value-added products.
Seamoss is gaining traction in the international market as a powerful superfood with beneficial vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. In addition to its human health benefits, seamoss farming has extensive biodiversity benefits as it provides an important habitat for juvenile fish, lobster, and other crustaceans.
The goal of the project is to increase the overall production of seamoss production in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while improving the quality and increasing the capacity of existing and new growers through capacity development, training and financial support.

The objectives of the project are as follows:

1. To conduct national training sessions for seamoss growers (existing and new farmers) throughout SVG within the first year of the project.

2. Establish a national inventory of seamoss growers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for tracking and quality control by the end of project implementation

3. Implement a Small Grants Programme for sea moss growers (existing and new) by the end of project implementation


Seamoss farming not only has the potential to be wildly beneficial for habitat but also for the livelihoods of farmers since there is now growing interest from international buyers to purchase seamoss from the Caribbean, including St. Vincent and the Grenadines. SusGren have been able to assist seamoss farmers in the Southern Grenadines under the current GEF-SGP seamoss and honey project by putting them in contact with 13 international buyers to include New York, Philadelphia, Florida, California, New Jersey, Washington DC, England, and The Netherlands.

There is therefore rich potential to develop a thriving industry, and if developed sustainably, can serve as a model where the technology, knowledge and skills gained can be replicated and exported to other Caribbean Islands. As such, it is essential that seamoss farming be implemented in a well-planned and effectively managed way from the very start.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Sustainable Grenadines Inc (SusGren)
Country:
Saint Vincent and Grenadines
Area Of Work:
CapDev
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 76,666.67
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
SVG/SGP/OP7/Y1/CORE/CD/21/04
Status:
Not active yet
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
Both men and women in the community will be given short-term employment through this project. They will both be involved in capacity management in the areas of marketing, packaging and promotion. Training will be given in leadership skills and improved communication and inter-personal skills.
Policy Impact
One of the activities of the project is to develop a national seamoss inventory/database which will assist in reducing praedial larceny and will be used by the relevant government agencies to help with planning and other governmental policies.
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Grantee Contact

Ms. Orisha Joseph
Phone: 784 485 8779
Email: susgreninc@gmail.com
 

Address

Front Street
Clifton, Union Island , Southern Grenadines , VC0470

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Tasheka Haynes
Email:

Address

P.O. Box 2338, SeaBreeze Bldg. Arnos Vale
KINGSTOWN, CARIBBEAN