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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

Caribbean360.com (subscription) 
FLORIDA, United States, Tuesday March 21, 2017 – Antigua and Barbuda can expect to see steady growth in its cruise ship visitor arrivals over the next two seasons. That was revealed at the recently concluded Seatrade Global Convention in Fort ... See more..
Antigua Observer 
“Absolutely not. There is nothing that they brought to the table that our new CIU CEO cannot do better,” Browne said. Antigua and Barbuda national Charmaine Quinland-Donovan was appointed the new CEO and her post takes effect on Monday, March 27. See more..
Antigua Observer 
The Acting CEO of the Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) Thomas Anthony has resigned from the post. His resignation comes after his boss the CEO Chisanga Chekwe also resigned from the post. Educated in the United Kingdom, ... See more..
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Antigua Observer 
Frank was nominated as the BPM representative to run against Andrae Lee of the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) in the March 27 by-election to fill the vacant seat on the Barbuda Council. “I'm fed up of the slandering, calling people's names ... See more..
Antigua Observer 
“Let us review all the travel records, let us review all the documents and let's clear, once and for all, the good name of Antigua & Barbuda,” he added. The UPP political leader said since news broke of the scandal, in December 2016, much ... See more..
Caribbean Journal 
Destinations from around the Caribbean gathered this week for the Seatrade Cruise Global conference, the world's leading cruise industry event. Officials from Antigua and Barbuda to the U.S. Virgin Islands were on hand to promote their ports of call. See more..
St. Lucia Times Online News (press release) 
In addition to Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda now joins Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica and Trinidad & Tobago in banning meat products from Brazil. Brazil has been hit by a scandal after news that inspectors had been bribed to certify meat for export ... See more..
Antigua Observer 
While taking a break from showering the OBSERVER with love during the most recent Parliament sittings, Prime Minister Gaston Browne revealed that the ... See more..
Caribbean News Now (press release) (blog) 
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News Americas Now Caribbean And Latin America Daily News 
LONDON, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Gaston Browne announced that the Cabinet has approved a new policy on diplomatic representation and accreditation based in part on the ... 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)