Facts About Our Work in Saint Vincent
Food For The Poor (FFTP) partners with the Diocese of Kingstown, which has been in operation for 28 years in St. Vincent. FFTP also provides aid through Gifts In Kind.
In the first six months of 2020, FFTP shipped one tractor-trailer load of agricultural tools.
Banana production employs 60 percent of the workforce and accounts for 50 percent of merchandise exports in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with an emphasis on the main island of St. Vincent. Such reliance on one crop has made the economy vulnerable to fluctuations in banana prices and reduced European Union trade preferences. To combat these vulnerabilities, the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is focused on diversifying its economy away from its reliance on bananas.
This eastern Caribbean country consists of volcanic St. Vincent Island and the Grenadines, 32 smaller islands and cays. With a population of more than 101,000 people, St. Vincent is hilly with rich volcanic soils, and its volcano, Soufrière, last erupted in 1979, the year of independence from Britain. Two hydroelectric plants help power Saint Vincent’s diversifying economy, dependent in part on exports of bananas and arrowroot, valuable as a starch in carbonless copy paper. Tourism is of growing importance. Founded in 1765, the oldest botanical gardens in the Western Hemisphere are located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The language is English and Protestantism is the largest religion. The currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar and the GDP per capita is $11,500.