The 30th of July 2005 marked the end of the commercial production of sugar on St. Kitts and thus brought about the final demise of the industry that had dominated the socio- economic landscape of St. Kitts and Nevis for over three hundred and fifty years. As a result the Adaptation Strategy is the attempt to chart a course to guide and set about the task of reconstruction and transformation over the next ten years. The Strategy is in line with the objectives set out in Art.4 1(b) and (c) of the Regulation (EC) No. 266-2006. Eventhough the Adaptation Strategy was aimed to end on 2013, the government of St. Kitts and Nevis decided to continue it so it is still being applied.
The Adaptation Strategy was framed in the knowledge that even as St. Kitts and Nevis "envision a bright and prosperous future for all, we face considerable challenges that can seriously undermine our efforts to achieve our goals." The strategy is divided in Policy Areas and Issues. At the same time these are subdivided into objectives and actions to be accomplish.