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Climate Change for Agriculture Development

As the premiere agricultural research organisation in the Caribbean, CARDI has an important role in developing and articulating the sector’s response to the effects of global climate change. This role is being carried out by working closely with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) in the development of the requisite programmes for the agricultural sector. These programmes are to improve knowledge sharing and capability among personnel and increase infrastructural capacity to measure climatic parameters and relate them to agricultural production and productivity in the Caribbean. This is all in an effort to increase the ability of the region’s agricultural sector to adapt to and mitigate against global climate change. Some of the specific actions we have pursued in furtherance of the objectives above are:

  • Conduct of greenhouse gases (GHG) inventory for the agricultural sector in Jamaica
  • Participation in a workshop of Caribbean stakeholders to start the implementation of the project Regional Consultation to Assess Regional Priorities, Capabilities and Research Gaps on Climate Change and Poverty Reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Participation in a workshop to assist with the preparation of the Vulnerability and Adaptation (V&A) Assessments for the water resources and agricultural sectors in Jamaica


Caribbean Agro-climatic Bulletin of the CariSAM

Caribbean Agro-climatic Bulletin of the CariSAM, a joint bulletin of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH).


The Caribbean Society for Agricultural Meteorology (CariSAM) is an online platform that hosts forums, provided online weather and climate information for agro-meteorologists, and much more. Agricultural interests can register and access relevant information and be a part of future capacity building exercises, and more. Visit us at:


Related Links

Caribbean Regional Climate Centre



10th European Development Fund (EDF) Project:  Improving food security in the Caribbean in the context of climate change

Co-ordinator: Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)

Partners: University of Wageningen, Trinidad and Tobago Agribusiness Association

Project duration: 31 August, 2012 to 31 July, 2015

ACP countries and regions involved: Caribbean Region: Barbados, Belize, St. Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago



CARDI-CTA Partnership on Climate Change Advocacy in the Caribbean

Climate Has Changed, Climate Will Change, Climate Demands Change” was a key message coming from a CTA supported CARDI workshop on the effects of climate change on agriculture that was held in Grenada in 2010, during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture. That initiative focused on adaptation and mitigation strategies to reduce the negative impacts of climate variability and change on regional food and nutrition security. One proposed strategy was the expanded use of Protected Agriculture (PA) systems as a means of carefully managing resources, especially water, which is a critical issue for a region that, because of climate change, is projected to be hotter and drier over the next few decades.

This theme was built upon in 2011 with another CTA supported climate change workshop on Climate change adaptation in Caribbean agriculture – Enhancing water resources management. This workshop was also held during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture in Dominica (October 2011). In addition to the CTA, CARDI has partnered with international, regional and national organisations with a vested interest in climate change related impacts on agriculture and/or water resources. Partner organisations included the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM), Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the University of the West Indies (UWI), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), national water authorities and regional ministries of agriculture. The recommendations from both initiatives included the following:

  • Use of carbon sequestration practices in agriculture for sustainable development and sources of financing
  • Development of an integrated action plan to address cross cutting issues from various sectors including agriculture, fisheries, land, tourism, energy
  • Evidence based options for the formation of regional and national agricultural water management policies as mandated by CARICOM under the 2009 Liliendaal Declaration on Climate Change
  • Consensus among agricultural and non-agricultural stakeholders on key issues and priorities regarding effective agricultural water management policies
    • A road map for the implementation of the agricultural component of the Liliendaal Declaration prepared  and used for engagement with policy makers

The relevant resource materials, presentations, workshop proceedings and recommendations and policy briefs from the workshops can be found here.


2012 Workshop on improving the Policy Framework for Developing Climate Change Resilient Agriculture Systems: The Role of Plant Genetic Resources

Improving the policy framework for developing climate change agricultural systems: the role of plant genetic resources” was the title  of  a CARDI/CTA Workshop held on 13-15 October  during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) in Antigua and Barbuda. Scientists, from throughout the Caribbean and also from the Pacific, U.K and Colombia, considered the current situations  with climate change and plant genetic resource conservation and emerged with two key recommendations for policy makers (i) know what we have and look after it (ii) more  genetic material means more robust and resilient national and international systems.

 The following resources emerged from the meeting:


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2011 Workshop Dominica Climate Change Adaptation Water Resources

Climate Change Adaptation in Caribbean Agriculture: Enhancing Water Resources Management – Brief (318KB, PDF)

Climate Change Adaptation in Caribbean Agriculture – Enhancing Water Resources Management   July 2011-June 2012 (289 KB, PDF)


E-Consultations Climate Change Adaptation Water Resources

– eConsultation Synthesis Reports (226 KB, PDF)

– eConsultation Ref Tech Session 1 (248KB, PDF)

– eConsultation Ref Tech Session 2 (212KB, PDF)


Panel Discussions

– The How (Policy Recommendations) (322KB, PDF)

– The What (167 KB, PDF)

– The Why (119KB, PDF)


Policy Briefs

– Policy Brief (Draft)-CC and Water Availability (316KB, PDF)

– Enhanced Water Resources Management (306KB, PDF)

– Soil Water Management (379KB, PDF)


Presentation to Alliance of Ministers

–  Alliance Ministers (440KB, PDF)


Workshop Proceedings Climate Change Adaptation Water Resources

– Workshop proceedings CC Adaptation (3,450KB, PDF)


2010 Workshop Grenada Protected Agriculture as Climate Change Adaptation Option