PISLM/IICA takes action to focus on strengthening resilience of agricultural lands and forests

(L-r)National project coordinator of PISLM, Euan James, Technical Specialist of IICA, Kent Coipel

Partnership Initiative for Sustainable Land Management (PISLM) hosted a national consultation on June 28, under the Inter American Institute for Cooperation and Agriculture (IICA)/ PISLM and Project Sustainable Land Management in Dominica, focused on strengthening the resilience of agricultural lands and forests of the island.

A letter of agreement between the IICA and the PISLM came to an end on June 30, 2023.

National Project Coordinator of PISLM Mr. Euan James stated at the consultation that IICA has done exceptionally thus far with these projects.

“We are here today to validate outputs from important projects that have been executed by the PISLM. We take pride at the office in ensuring that the people of Dominica, especially our farmers, can benefit wholesomely from these projects,”  he stated.

“IICA has done well thus far and [ensured ] that the farmers have benefited via treating, via providing information and manuals, and now we are in the process of executing SLM approaches on farms.”

James said they are currently undergoing the SLM approaches to the farms.

 “We are doing storm drains, counter drains… and other such approaches to protect the farmlands, protect the soil and ensure that we have a good farming future in this beautiful island.”

The sustainable Land Management project is implemented by United Nations Environmental Program and funded by the Global Environment Facility.

Technical Specialist of IICA Mr. Kent Coipel stated that assessments were done in various farms.

“A comprehensive assessment was done in the certification system. Following that, there was an assessment of the various farms, identifying the gaps, and technical services [were] also provided to the farmers to really prioritize what critical things the farmers would need to meet with the various tier [systems] that would be offered under the farm certification.”

He noted that the project cannot meet all the needs of the farmers because of its own limitations but added it certainly provided a basis for them to identify some of the priorities necessary to ensure that the farmers can move one step forward.

He said 34 farmers received farm installations with the support of the project director of agriculture.

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