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Deforestation and soil degradation are significant environmental concerns for Antigua and Barbuda.1 Improper agricultural practices and large amounts of livestock exacerbate the environmental problems.2 Extreme climate variations are also becoming problematic, and the rate of hurricanes is increasing as the climate grows progressively warmer each year.3 Stronger and more frequent tropical storms destroy many of the islandsâ' crops and trees.4 The country is in desperate need of a disaster management plan for the agricultural sector of the economy.

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1 http://www.paho.org/saludenlasamericas/index.php?id=17&option=com_content&Itemid=&lang=pt
2 Ibid
3 http://reliefweb.int/report/antigua-and-barbuda/climate-change-threatens-water-and-food-security-antigua
4 Ibid

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Antigua and Barbuda News

Trinidad Guardian 
Guardian Media photographer Andre Alexander visited Antigua as a guest of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority from August 2-9, when the islands celebrated its 60th anniversary of Antigua Carnival. Here's a closer look at the neighbouring islands:. See more..
St. Lucia News Online (press release) 
(ANTIGUA NEWSROOM) – The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) has introduced reduced processing fees under the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). This in spite of mounting criticisms over the government's running of the programme. See more..
Antigua Observer 
Therefore, we are appalled at the unwarranted and vicious attack that has been launched against the company and its Chairman by Prime Minister Gaston Browne and his Government, after plans to upgrade the resort in Antigua and Barbuda were revealed ... See more..
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St. Lucia News Online 
(PRESS RELEASE) – Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and C&W Communications (C&W), have successfully completed a Gigabit LTE trial in Antigua and Barbuda and started testing a pre-5G network, under C&W's residential brand Flow. C&W is part of the Liberty ... See more..
Trinidad & Tobago Express 
Therefore, we are appalled at the unwarranted and vicious attack that has been launched against the company and its Chairman by Prime Minister Gaston Browne and his Government, after plans to upgrade the resort in Antigua and Barbuda were revealed ... See more..
Bitcoin News (press release) 
The islands of Antigua and Barbuda might become far more friendly towards cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in the near future. This week the government of the sovereign Caribbean island states has appointed the billionaire and bitcoin ... See more..
WIC News 
After a year in which he filed several lawsuits, took on a hotel mogul and passed some controversial laws, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne is taking some time off. The 50-year-old posted photos on his personal Facebook page vacationing ... See more..
South Florida Caribbean News 
Antigua and Barbuda's milestone 60th Anniversary of carnival was celebrated with thousands of residents and visitors experiencing the excitement. See more..
St. Lucia Times Online News (press release) 
CBC:-St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has described as unfortunate, the apparent feud between Sandals Resorts International and the Government of ... See more..
CalvinAyre.com 
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda appoints Calvin Ayre as its new Special Economic Envoy with Responsibility for Internet Gaming. See more..
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Geography

Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico
Area

Total 442.6 sq km (Antigua 280 sq km; Barbuda 161 sq km)
Land 442.6 sq km
Water 0 sq km

***NOTE*** includes Redonda, 1.6 sq km
Climate

tropical maritime; little seasonal temperature variation
Natural Resources

NEGL; pleasant climate fosters tourism ;
Natural Hazards

hurricanes and tropical storms (July to October); periodic droughts
Current Environmental Issues

water management - a major concern because of limited natural freshwater resources - is further hampered by the clearing of trees to increase crop production, causing rainfall to run off quickly

Demographics

Nationality
Antiguan, Barbudan
Population
90,156 (July 2013 est.)
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Tourism continues to dominate Antigua and Barbuda's economy, accounting for nearly 60% of GDP and 40% of investment. The dual-island nation's agricultural production is focused on the domestic market and constrained by a limited water supply and a labor shortage stemming from the lure of higher wages in tourism and construction. Manufacturing comprises enclave-type assembly for export with major products being bedding, handicrafts, and electronic components. Prospects for economic growth in the medium term will continue to depend on tourist arrivals from the US, Canada, and Europe and potential damages from natural disasters. After taking office in 2004, the SPENCER ...See More government adopted an ambitious fiscal reform program and was successful in reducing its public debt-to-GDP ratio from approximately 130% in 2010 to 89% in 2012. In 2009, Antigua's economy was severely hit by the global economic crisis and suffered from the collapse of its largest private sector employer, a steep decline in tourism, a rise in debt, and a sharp economic contraction between 2009-11. Antigua has not yet returned to its pre-crisis growth levels. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.605 billion (2012 est.); $1.58 billion (2011 est.); $1.628 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

cotton, fruits, vegetables, bananas, coconuts, cucumbers, mangoes, sugarcane; livestock
Industries

tourism, construction, light manufacturing (clothing, alcohol, household appliances)