Caribbean Countries Commit to Building Agricultural Resilience to Climate Change Challenges

Indar Weir, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security of Barbados; Ron Dublin-Collins, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture of Saint Kitts and Nevis; Dr. Carla Barnett, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM); Zulfikar Mustapha, Minister of Agriculture of Guyana; Floyd Green, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Jamaica; and Saboto Caesar Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labor of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. (Photo via IICA)
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 “Transforming agrifood systems will require funding from public and private entities and from national and international partners. To do so, we will need innovative financial instruments and investment models that allow us to introduce new technologies to small producers, so that they can begin to employ solar energy, hydroponics, aquaponics, smart greenhouses and water harvesting and storage.”

Dr. Carla Barnett, Secretary-General of CARICOM

(Inter-America Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture Press Release) The Caribbean nations are committed to building the resilience of their agrifood systems to tackle the challenges they face, due to their vulnerability to climate-change related natural disasters, according to ministers from the region.

These high-level authorities from 14 nations in the region met with their peers in the wider American hemisphere at the Conference of Ministers of Agriculture 2021, which was held virtually, under the theme of “Sustainable Agrifood Systems, the Engine of Development of the Americas”.

Indar Weir, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security of Barbados; Ron Dublin-Collins, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture of Saint Kitts and Nevis; Dr. Carla Barnett, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM); Zulfikar Mustapha, Minister of Agriculture of Guyana; Floyd Green, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Jamaica; and Saboto Caesar Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labor of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. (Photo via IICA)

“The world is facing many challenges and the Americas has its own challenges. Specifically, we in the Caribbean need to build greater resilience to climate-change related natural disasters”, said Indar Weir, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security of Barbados.

“In Barbados”, he added, “this year we have had to endure the passage of Hurricane Elsa and we are still in the hurricane season, so we must ensure that the entire Caribbean is protected”. 

Read more at: Inter-America Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture

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