Dominica launches project to reduce climate change impact on agriculture

Climate change
Kent Coipel and Taihisa Hill

A project aimed at reducing the impact of climate change on agriculture has been launched in Dominica.

The project was launched at workshop which will continue from today until 4th October, 2013.

It consists of three components. The first will be training of people in climate proofing, the second is the development of institutional capacities in climate development and agricultural policies; and the regional exchange and elaboration of the project proposal with strategic partners, will make up the third component.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the program, Technical Specialist  of the Inter-American institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Kent Coipel, emphasized the vulnerability of the Caribbean region to the effects of climate change.

“We see it necessary and important for any change resilience to be built in systematically into our programs, strategies and our projects and we must recgonise that the decisions that we make today as it relates to our sector certainly determines the effect of our vulnerability to climate change,” he stated.

He added that it is expected of planners, technicians and people involved in policy including local government planners to incorporate adaptation strategies, and methods in designing a project which is expected to climate proof the sector.

“If we reduce the impact or reduce the vulnerability to climate change we will contribute to other critical areas of corporation which include territorial that is rural and sustainable development, natural resource management also agri business and commercialization.”

Director of Agriculture Ricky Brumant also spoke at the ceremony pointing out that the effects of climate change are impacting the way we live and conduct business in a serious manner. “It has become increasingly costly for us to do business,” he said.

Consultant Taihsa Hill noted that the objective of the workshop is to familiarize the participants with the tools that are necessary when developing a climate proof strategy.

“The expected outcome at the end of the 2 days is a completed framework for the development of a draft climate proof agriculture strategy. We are going to focus on 2 subsectors of agriculture; the green house vegetables and roots and tubers. .”

The project will be implemented in 6 countries namely the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica and St Lucia.


Disclaimer: The comments on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of Inc. All comments are approved by before they are posted. We never censor based on political or ideological points of view, but we do try to maintain a sensible balance between free speech and responsible moderating.

We will delete comments that:

  • violate or infringe the rights of any person, are defamatory or harassing or include personal attacks
  • a reasonable person would consider abusive or profane
  • contain material which violates or encourages others to violate any applicable law
  • promote hatred of any kind
  • refer to people arrested or charged with a crime as though they had been found guilty
  • contain links to "chain letters", pornographic or obscene movies or graphic images
  • are excessively long and off-topic

See our full comment/user policy/agreement.


  1. niceboi/#`
    October 6, 2013

    What happened? my comment got eaten again?

  2. Joe Burton
    October 6, 2013

    I have one many trees have you planted.

  3. Justice and Truth
    October 6, 2013

    I do not know why they have to go to the smaller countries to introduce the mess that they created. It lies in the progressive countries. Huge factories, gasoline stations and other enterprise which remit fumes and garbage.
    Those countries are not healthy. It is by the protection of God that more people do not die and prematurely. Bad enough every day a new ailment surfaces and in view of the others, doctors do not have a name for them and cannot figure out the cause much worse a cure.
    The islands are healthier with clean air and water. They should leave them alone.
    This climate change is all in their mind. I have previously stated another name for climate change is “fire and brimstones.”
    Too many of them refuse to recognize God, teaching about evolution including their immoral lifestyle and not giving God his dues. This is the result of disasters which they are too blind to see because they lack godly enlightenment and sight.
    My message to them is, “Leave these islands as Dominica alone.”

  4. Hot Ice
    October 5, 2013

    They are not able to deal with the agriculture which in tangible; how will they be able to deal with the “Climate” conditions? Do they have the funding for this technical undertaking? We good mann!!! Aye! It was raining in Roseau and Fondcole was dry like my head. Boy look a change in the climate…

  5. anonymous2
    October 4, 2013

    Stop being brainwashed by the globalist bankers. They are the ones with the big corporations (IMF, World Bank, Golman Saks, Federal Reserve, etc) doing most of the pollution with their companies and executive jets……..along with the chemtrail flights worldwide which they also pay for to further pollute the atmosphere. Their mission is to get rid of the little people. They prey on the submission of what they consider 3rd world countries and uneducated peoples of the world.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 6, 2013

      I agree! It is exactly what I thought.

  6. wisdom
    October 3, 2013

    hmmmmmmmmm. agriculture again…….so much talk…no action…

  7. Beautiful
    October 3, 2013

    That is hilarious we have more to be frightened of here in Dominica than Global warming in the world. Geothermal and the slaughter house both are here in Dominica! Both of these amazing projects could damage Dominica beyond repair!! Look at things happening at home first!! Suggestion lets get the farmers back growing vegetables and citrus!! There will be a shortage of food world wide! It is not rocket science. We have fertile soil, farmers still who know how to grow vegetables!! I visited with a friend Syndicate last week it would make most Dominicans weep. Hardly anyone is farming their land! We are having a coffee plant in Portsmouth. Where do the farmers get the coffee trees to plant. Miss Eugenia Charles gave the farmers coffee trees which are still planted in Syndicate! Where is the help for the farmers. The slaughter house is one big joke :) !!

    • Civic
      October 4, 2013

      How is a slaughter house damaging?

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

:) :-D :wink: :( 8-O :lol: :-| :cry: 8) :-? :-P :-x :?: :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: more »

 characters available