International Rural Women’s Day in Cockpit Country (and beyond)

Happy International Rural Women’s Day! This year, the focus is on women farmers. Frequently lauded for their strength, hard work and resilience, they are a solid presence in rural Jamaica – over one third of rural women are farmers. Three years ago, I met a group of them at a Farmer’s School graduation ceremony, and … More International Rural Women’s Day in Cockpit Country (and beyond)

Jamaica’s rivers and gullies are suffering from abuse

Today is World Rivers Day. It is observed on the fourth Sunday in September every year, I have learned. It was founded by a Canadian, Mark Angelo, a long-time river advocate who spoke at the United Nations in 2005 as part of its Water for Life campaign. Jamaican rivers are very different, of course, from … More Jamaica’s rivers and gullies are suffering from abuse

September 21, 2021 in Jamaica: The car that broke down, the toast that burnt, and the polls that flopped

With tropical storms pottering around in the Atlantic (two are called Peter and Rose, the names of our nephew and niece, respectively), it has been warm and muggy in Kingston. Clouds appear and do not bring rain. It has been a week of surprising developments – not least that of the toast to “No Movement … More September 21, 2021 in Jamaica: The car that broke down, the toast that burnt, and the polls that flopped

Jamaica undertakes major assessment of its food systems ahead of global UN Food Systems Summit

Another important event tomorrow: the opening of consultations in Kingston on an assessment of Jamaica’s food systems – in other words, agricultural production and output. The workshop is organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Planning Institute of Jamaica. You can watch the opening ceremony on the PIOJ’s Facebook page tomorrow (Tuesday, … More Jamaica undertakes major assessment of its food systems ahead of global UN Food Systems Summit

This Week: The Virtual Island Summit 2021 embraces islanders worldwide

There are several Big Things happening this week, that I should have already told you about. Island Innovation’s Virtual Island Summit is just getting under way. I believe this is the third. It is on all week (September 6 to 12) and it is free! It is free and also truly global. I have tuned … More This Week: The Virtual Island Summit 2021 embraces islanders worldwide

Caribbean Tree Planting Week: A Cultural Celebration of Trees

Next week (July 5 to 11, 2021) is the first Caribbean Tree Planting Week. So what, you may ask? This is certainly not a symbolic week, but the result of over a year of activities and networking (Zoom was working overtime!) among citizens of all ages and backgrounds (including a major youth contingent) – in … More Caribbean Tree Planting Week: A Cultural Celebration of Trees

Jamaica Update, June 18, 2021: The city’s hottest day, Trench Town blues, and an Uber surprise

Phew! What a week. We have been under a stifling blanket of Saharan dust for the past couple of days, and endured our hottest day ever in Kingston (June 12). The best thing to do is hide indoors in the daytime and come out to exercise etc. after dark. It has been an exhausting week. … More Jamaica Update, June 18, 2021: The city’s hottest day, Trench Town blues, and an Uber surprise

Institute of Jamaica announces 2021 Musgrave Medal awardees

The Musgrave Medals, awarded each year by the Institute of Jamaica, did not happen last year, due to COVID-19. Last year was a cultural non-event in Jamaica, basically. But this year, they are on! I am especially delighted by Steven Woodham’s Gold Medal. A gifted violinist, he has never rested on his laurels and fed … More Institute of Jamaica announces 2021 Musgrave Medal awardees

The Caribbean Regional Climate Conference: June 1 – 2, 2021

The Caribbean Regional Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) is hosting a free online conference on June 1 and 2 with the University of the West Indies (UWI), supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs). You can register here. I am not quite sure whether the theme is “Look … More The Caribbean Regional Climate Conference: June 1 – 2, 2021