Recently the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (#COP18) to the United nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in the middle eastern country of Qatar. High on the agenda of discussions is the impact that agriculture has on climate change policy.
Globally agriculture is treated as a major contributor to climate change due to issues such as Land degradation, deforestation, and chemical use among other aspects.
As a result in the last decade there has been a great push for adaption strategies to be a place on large scale farming systems as well as mitigation techniques to combat the effects of climate change on the same said system.
Additionally numerous policies such as the REDD+ have been implemented with many more being drafted, discussed and lobbied for support.
But where does all this leave the Caribbean? Apart from the Jagdeo Initiative, there has been very little discussion/actions towards impact worthy, climate smart agriculture.