Building capacity in Climate-Smart Agriculture
The latest report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) explicitly warns that the “planet is experiencing nearly unprecedented rising temperatures and carbon concentration levels and human activity is the “unequivocal” driver.”
In the Caribbean, agriculture will be among the most impacted by the climate crisis. The projected higher temperatures, increased heatwaves and floods will lead to higher crop failures and a decrease in production and productivity. To adapt and mitigate against these negative fallouts, the sector must be climate proofed.
CARDI Jamaica, under the aegis of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), hosted a webinar series that introduced participants to Climate-Smart Agriculture and the components of the Climate-Smart Agriculture – Compliance Model (CSAC Model). Leading regional climate scientist and webinar facilitator, Steve Maximay advised that the CSAC Model provides a checklist guide to determine how closely the project or process under review satisfies five areas of compliance. These areas are resource conservation, energy use, safety, biodiversity and greenhouse gas reduction.
The objective of the webinar series was to equip decision-makers, policy makers and implementers and agriculturalists with a better understanding of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA). The areas targeted were soil and water management, irrigation management, integrated pest management (IPM), risk management, livestock management and cropping systems for important commodities. Participants were exposed to Climate-Smart practices that can be adopted to sustainably improve production, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience in the above mentioned areas.
More than 1200 participants attended the sessions with 43% of those in attendance representing farmers and farmers’ groups.
Lyndonna Mark, a representative of the Climate Smart Agriculture and Rural Enterprise Programme (SAEP), Grenada, was thankful for the knowledge gleaned during these sessions. She is enthusiastic to introduce the CSA technologies in her network to increase food production.
The full presentations can be viewed at