Making the Agriculture Sector Adaptable to Climate Change
Agricultural production in Belize has been impacted by climate change and climate variability. In order to prevent the loss of millions of dollars and adapt to climate change, a five-day Train-the-Trainers Workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture is taking place in Belmopan. Participants such as Extension and Cooperative Officers are gathering at the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds where they are being trained on how to strengthen their capacity. The aim is to increased resilience to climate change in the agricultural sector of Belize. The training consists of theory and practical sessions centered on the use and implementation of Climate Smart Agriculture and Farmer Field School methods using the Climate Smart Agriculture approach. According to Chief Agriculture Officer Andrew Harrison and facilitator Leyla Mercado, it is imperative that the government implement actions which would reduce the vulnerability of the agricultural sector.
Leyla Mercado, Team Lead, CATIE
“The agriculture sector needs to produce enough food to meet the demands of all this increasing population. But at the same time this has to be done in an environment where we are facing climate change and climate viability that is affecting the agriculture sector. The agriculture sector is very vulnerable to these changes because it depends a lot on climate. We are already seeing drought in Central America and Belize through increases of temperature. That has a big impact in agriculture especially for small producers who for example have no access to credit, irrigation or varieties that are resistant to drought. So it is very important that that agriculture sector starts to prepare and incorporate practices to deal with these challenges that climate change and climate viability are imposing.”
Andrew Harrison, Chief Agriculture Officer
“This is very important for us. We have been talking climate change for a whole and this climate smart agriculture will assist our extension officers and the teachers that are there to share this knowledge now with farmers especially the small, medium farmers that need that technologies to be transformed to them.”
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