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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

Reliefweb 
A total of six earthquakes affected Antigua and Barbuda between Sunday night and Monday morning, according to information received from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad. The quakes, which struck between 11:12 Sunday night and 4:31 ... See more..
Antigua Observer 
Amid concern from residents, the Director of the National Office of Disaster Services Philmore Mullin has said that the cluster of earthquakes residents have felt since midnight is not unusual. Five quakes struck about 74 kilometres off Barbuda ... See more..
Antigua Observer 
Following an official statement in March challenging the report in its entirety, last week Antigua and Barbuda's ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, questioned its accuracy at a meeting with officials of the Bureau of International ... See more..
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PR Newswire (press release) 
NEW YORK, March 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Antigua and Barbuda is celebrating the success of their dynamic new Antigua Barbuda Romance Facebook page launched on Valentine's Day by announcing the winners of their first sweepstakes: Miami couple, ... See more..
Jamaica Observer 
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — The Antigua and Barbuda government Wednesday formally launched “strong objections” with the State of Illinois in the United States which has introduced legislation listing the island and 10 other Caribbean Community ... See more..
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NEW YORK, April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Antigua and Barbuda announced today the launch of its new agent specialist course on the premiere e-learning platform, Travel Agent University (TAU). TAU, with 45,000 plus active members, is the industry's ... See more..
BBC Sport 
Miguel Francis says he is more likely to fulfil his potential after switching allegiance from Antigua and Barbuda to Great Britain. The 22-year-old, who ran the seventh fastest 200m of 2016, is eligible for Britain as he was born in Montserrat, an ... See more..
Antigua Observer 
“When the airport (in Antigua) was being constructed, the funds to construct the airport came from the Chinese and they limited or funnelled you into a particular direction where you had very limited options in terms of who the contractor would be ... See more..
Mondaq News Alerts (registration) 
For decades shell companies and bank accounts in poorly regulated jurisdictions offered sufficiently strong solutions for the majority of international money ... See more..
Montserrat Reporter 
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, Apr 11, CMC – Five French nationals are likely to face charges and appear in court later this week after they were detained following a joint ... 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)