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Officers Participate in Agricultural Production within the Climate Change Construct Workshop


Gabriel Clarke-Unit Co-coordinator at SAEP

Ministry of Agriculture & Lands – March 17 – 2020 –   In an effort to strengthen the awareness of the undeniable effects of climate change and promote Climate Smart Agricultural (CSA) Practices, a number of Agricultural Extension Assistants participated in a two-day workshop centered on 𝐴𝑔𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑙 𝑃𝑟𝑜𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐶𝑙𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝐶ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒 𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑐𝑡.

The two-day
workshop, facilitated by SAEP Consultant, Mr. Steve Maximay, is one in a series
of workshops organized by the Climate Smart Agriculture and Rural Enterprise
Development Program (SAEP), geared at building capacity of officers.

 Representatives from the Ministry of
Agriculture and Lands, Ministry of Climate Resilience, Forestry, Fisheries and
the Environment and the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique affairs,
participated in the exercise, held at the Hospitality Room of the National
Stadium, recently.

Steve Maximay-Consultant

The use of
CSA for Agri-business and Looped Chain Development and Brand Agricultural
Products and Processes as climate-smart, were among some of the highlights of
the workshop.

The entire
idea of Climate-Smart Agriculture, said Maximay, “is meant to improve food
security and agricultural productivity, increase the resilience of farming
systems to climate change by adaptation, whilst capturing mitigation
co-benefits.” 

Maximay, who
has over 20 years of experience in the area of Climate-Smart Agriculture,
explained the rationale behind the training, as one which would build the
adaptive capacity of the Agricultural Extension Assistants; thus allowing
farmers, students, and the population to receive information that can increase
resilience and resource use efficiency in agricultural production systems.

Agronomist
and Unit Coordinator for SAEP, Gabriel Clarke, said the training is rightly
suited for young agricultural officers.

“They are
the future,” he said. “And in order for us to ensure the sustainability of the
sector under the constant effects of climate change, we have to ensure that the
younger generation of Agricultural Extension Officers are equipped with the
necessary knowledge and skills so that they can continue with the process of
producing food and feeding the nation.”

A total of
fifty-three (53) officers benefitted from the session, as they identified how
the areas focused on aligns to the work that they do.

Mellisa
Tyson 4H officer said, “The training will allow us, as officers, to have an
idea of the areas to begin our awareness campaigns in schools. We would be able
to develop among the 4-H’ers some of the Climate Smart Agricultural Practices.
We have projects such as rainwater harvesting that have been backed by funding
from SAEP and once our children are knowledgeable about this, they would be
able to implement these practices.”

Another
extension assistant, Lisa Walker, described the session as timely.

“It’s timely
too. In the dry season we can focus more on rainwater harvesting and
composting. This would allow us to meet farmers full way,” she stated.

The Ministry
of Agriculture and Lands is pleased that officers were afforded the opportunity
to increase their knowledge in Climate Smart Practices and looks forward to
future collaborations with the Climate Smart and Rural Enterprise Development
Program (SAEP).





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