This chain of islands in the Eastern Caribbean has a population of about 100,000 – many of whom are living in abject poverty. Agriculture is the island’s mainstay, though natural disasters are a constant cause for concern.
Success of the economy hinges upon seasonal variations in agriculture, tourism, and construction activity as well as remittance inflows. Much of the workforce is employed in banana production and tourism, but persistent high unemployment has prompted many to leave the islands. The country is also vulnerable to natural disasters – tropical storms wiped out substantial portions of crops in 1994, 1995, and 2002.