Patrick volunteered for 12 months as a “Youth Empowerment Adviser” in the Country of Dominica in the
Caribbean under the WUSC PROPEL (Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through
Enterprises and Linkages) program. Working with the Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT) in Roseau,
the capital, he provides encouragement to youth - women and men – who have taken up the challenge
of farming in Dominica.
Dominica needs new young sustainable farmers. Some are actively engaged in farming and some have
small argri-processing businesses. All want to increase their entrepreneurial opportunities through
expansion both for the domestic market and to take advantage of export challenges to high value
markets (HVMs) across borders. Patrick is also assisting the Government of Dominica in the
development of a much needed Youth Agricultural Policy.
Patrick’s goal is to deliver tangible practical assistance so that through inclusive economic development
and opportunity, Dominica’s new youth agri-preneurs can realize fulfilling careers and contribute to all
aspects of improving Dominica: to provide for their families, build strong communities and create
positive social change.