Climate Change Project and UWI bring Global Expert in Crop Modelling to Jamaica for Training


There is a lot of work going on in Jamaica at the moment in the area of climate change. Agriculture is one of the critical sectors in the Caribbean that is striving to adapt, to be prepared for the extreme weather, to be “climate-smart.” The Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) with funding from Climate … More Climate Change Project and UWI bring Global Expert in Crop Modelling to Jamaica for Training

No Written Rules Banning Sleeveless Dresses: An Access to Information Story


Originally posted on Right Steps & Poui Trees:
I look at the Gleaner this morning and see that the issue of the banning of women wearing sleeveless dresses is again in the news here in Jamaica. The Gleaner’s editorial entitled “Dressing Sleeveless in Jamaica” was sparked by social media commentary pointing out “that women in Jamaica…

Food for the Poor’s Health Fair Comes to Savannah-la-Mar This Week


It’s a busy summer, now that school is out. One of the many activities across the island is Food for the Poor (FFP) Jamaica’s Health and Distribution Fair in Westmoreland, which will take place from Wednesday, July 18 to Friday, July 20. This is FFP’s sixth such event in the western end of the island and … More Food for the Poor’s Health Fair Comes to Savannah-la-Mar This Week

Can We Please Have Action on Burning Dumps, Air Pollution and Solid Waste Management?


When are we ever going to get our act together regarding air pollution? Yesterday, a friend who lives in the hills above Montego Bay shared her photos of the thick clouds of smoke over the city, emanating from the Retirement dump. This is the second day of the fire. This is an ongoing public health … More Can We Please Have Action on Burning Dumps, Air Pollution and Solid Waste Management?

Taking Responsibility for Our Lives: Road Safety is About Our Behaviour


“The wound is still fresh,” said the woman. She had offered a prayer at the start of a mid-year briefing by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) today. She was the mother of a young man – her only son, a “wonderful son” – who was killed in a motor vehicle crash on the North-South … More Taking Responsibility for Our Lives: Road Safety is About Our Behaviour

Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area


Earlier today, I was talking to a friend about outstanding concerns relating to the Cockpit Country boundaries. By the time I got home, coincidentally, the following press release from Jamaica Environment Trust had landed in my inbox. It’s very important to have this direct feedback from the communities affected, and this detailed response shows that … More Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area