What is CANROP?
The Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP), is the umbrella organization that embraces national chapters of rural women’s associations in the Caribbean. The regional network is a non-profit organization. The Network was formally launched in 1999, to create a single entity of already existing associations of rural women producers. These associations had been established in response to the need to equip women with technical, administrative and entrepreneurial skills as a means to improving their socio-economic status and create employment in the rural areas in which they live.
Currently, CANROP’s regional affiliations include: Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Network is a member of the Alliance for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and the Rural Milieu (The Alliance) and is supported by the Offices of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in the Caribbean.
What is the mission of CANROP?
The mission of CANROP is to empower rural women to improve their standard of living. This is done through training, cultural exchanges, networking and promoting inter- and in intra-regional trade. It facilitates access to specialized credit, seeks to create sustainable employment opportunities and undertakes advocacy to sensitize society to the needs and contributions of women in agriculture.