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Climate-Smart Agriculture Symposium sets stage for increased investments

Published:Monday | September 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Participants at the climate-smart agriculture investments roundtable on day two of the symposium. From second left: Paul Chin, acting general manager, Development Bank of Jamaica; Dr. Andre Haughton, economist and lecturer at University of the West Indies; Sylvia Tomlinson, agribusiness entrepreneur; and Dr. Wayne Henry, director general at the Planning Institute of Jamaica. The session was chaired by journalist and attorney-at-Law Dionne Jackson Miller (left).

The need for increased investments in agriculture was the consensus shared among agriculture stakeholders and climate-change interests at the second staging of the Climate-Smart Agriculture Symposium, held from September 13-14 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, St Andrew, under the theme 'Growing Agriculture and Incomes in The Face of Climate Change'.

The two-day symposium was hosted by the USAID-funded Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change II project in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. It examined climate-related issues affecting Jamaican agri-businesses and explored climate-smart approaches and opportunities to address these issues in order to grow agriculture and incomes. Participants included farmers, private-sector organisations, research and educational institutions, financial institutions, technical experts in government, extension specialists and development assistance partners supporting the sector.


New technologies


It is expected that the experiences, best management practices and research information shared at the symposium will create impetus for the commercialisation of new technologies to be accessed by the agriculture industry.

An online Climate-Smart Agriculture Community of Practice was also introduced, which is intended to seek broader involvement of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds in order to continue the information exchange beyond the symposium.

First staged in 2015, the symposium presents an opportunity for Jamaican early adopters (climate-smart agriculture leaders) to share their experience with the sector and the region, while learning more about the regional and international trends in climate-smart agriculture.