UNDP and IICA collaborate to build capacity in Climate Smart Agriculture in Dominica

Dominica is now poised to benefit from a training project dubbed: “Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)” which is being undertaken by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).

The overall objective of the CSA training is to equip Agriculture Extension Officers, Forest Rangers, and other affiliated professionals with knowledge and facilitation skills to build capacity in Climate-Smart Agriculture as an approach to increasing climate resilience and sustainable development of the agricultural sector. This objective will be achieved using a three-phase approach.

The objective of Phase 1 is to increase the knowledge and critical thinking skills of trainers on core and specialized CSA modules/content. The objective of Phase 2 is to develop the facilitation knowledge and skills of trainers to effectively deliver content on CSA to technical officers and farmers. Phase 3 will focus on the trainers building the capacity of non-trainers (technical/extension officers and farmers).

The agricultural division recently held phase 3 whereby a wider body of extension staff within the division of agriculture will be exposed to the training exercise. The objective of this exercise is to facilitate a wider community outreach whereby the extension service will engage the rural farming community.

At the event which was held at the Public Service Union (PSU) building, technical specialist of IICA, Kent Copiel,  said this partnership with UNDP deals with building livelihood resilience by incorporating, a gender-sensitive approach or responsive approach looking at disaster risk management or disaster reduction methods as well as sustainable livelihood methods in building resilience within certain hazard prone communities.

He said the project focuses on three parishes, namely, St. Patrick, St. Paul and St. David.

“We are the stage of component which deals with promoting climate-smart agriculture and we took a different approach in how we approach the strengthening of capacity of the beneficiaries in the targeted communities, and our focus was placing a lot of emphasis on training of trainers,” he said.

Coipel continued, “I think we have to continue to recognize the importance of our agricultural extension in capacity building of farmers and producers. So our emphasis was to focus on building the capacity of our cadre of agricultural technicians and we conducted some pre-assessments of the specific training needs that we need to really focus on especially in the communities and among the technicians.”

He said during phase 1 and phase 2 emphasis was placed on designing a methodology that will allow the extension officers to be able to provide training to the beneficiaries. He added that a series of modules and the training material were developed that can be used by the extension officers to train the beneficiaries.

 The next phase will deal with building the capacity of the extension officers to be able to pass on the information. A cadre of personas trained we had about five team leaders and two persons outside of the ministry who were trained under that phase.

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10 Comments

  1. If we knew better
    July 28, 2022

    nothing will change. Agriculture will still be susceptible and vulnerable. Let another hurricane pass. Back to the drawing board. More handouts.

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  2. Follow the Money
    July 26, 2022

    We have allowed UNDP, WTO etc to feed the world🌎, after forcefully taking and owning all the world’s money. The result: Much of the world is starving, now depending on SEEDS from “them”. It only takes 1 day for them to pull the plug, and they will.
    You may not think this is significant but think critically, you may be participating (happily) in the genocide of you, and your people. Get Back Ownership of Your Own native SEEDS. All other seeds they own.

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  3. Roger Burnett
    July 26, 2022

    Once again this brings us back for the need for copies of Sir Ernest Gowers’ book, “The Complete Plain Words” to flood the island.

    Over the years the book has sold millions, but sadly it seems that copies have not reached Dominica. My copy has done me faithful service for over 60 years.

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    • Pat
      July 27, 2022

      The island definitely does not need to still be flooded nor parternalized with eurocentric isht. They already done us in with their religion. What we need is for the “Sirs” to give us back all stolen property, and money, we will figure plain language from esoteric.

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      • Marty
        July 29, 2022

        Ask you CM to give back what belongs to all you first. After you manage that you can go after the ‘Sirs’. YOU have massive chip on your shoulder on one side and a red monkey on the other side. How about that for size, Pet?

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  4. Beta
    July 26, 2022

    Climate Smart, Climate Resilient…
    We need the country to be Corruption Resilient. Any idea when we gonna get that? All this serves only one purpose for the CM. It’s supposed to distract from the real issues: crime going through the roof, poverty going through the roof, state funds not being properly accounted for, a failing ‘police force’, a failing health care system, a bankrupt DSS, a failing judicial system, a failing agriculture, a failing tourism sector…. to name but a few.
    The only thing thriving in our country is the CM and the cabal.

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  5. Toto
    July 26, 2022

    Kent please, stop using that gobbledygook. Is farmers you talking to, honest plain speaking grafters that are too polite to tell you they hardly understand a word of what you saying bro. You are native born and plain, simple English will do. Know what I mean bro.

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    • Garçon
      July 26, 2022

      I have no idea who taught these guys speech/ communication. Public speaking 101 tells you the first thing is to know your audience so you can effectively communicate with them as the goal is not to show off how rich your vocabulary is, but it’s to get the message across.
      This doesn’t make you sound intelligent. It makes you sound ridiculous.

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  6. Juanita
    July 25, 2022

    “The next phase will deal with building the capacity of the extension officers to be able to pass on the information. A cadre of personas trained we had about five team leaders and two persons outside of the ministry who were trained under that phase.”
    Can we have an interpreter please Mr. Coipel?
    Resilient thanks.

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