Improving Caribbean food security in the context of climate change

CARDI and University of Wageningen. 2018.  Improving Caribbean food security in the context of climate change. ACP Secretariat: [Brussels, Belgium]. A 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Project. Factsheet




Significant capacity in advanced germplasm management was built and in vitro facilities were strengthened. Risk maps for flooding, salinisation and drought for several locations in Barbados, Belize, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago were developed and published, including detailed maps of the agro-ecological zones in these countries. Climate resilient germplasm of sweet potato, maize, cassava, pigeon peas and beans were identified and one germplasm bank of climate-resilient cultivars was established in each country. The banks are used to distribute the climate resilient germplasm to farmers. Genetic fingerprinting was completed for selected sweet potato varieties, providing the region with verifiable evidence of genetic differences / similarities among the various cultivars planted by farmers.

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