The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds


I was sitting at a table with a group of women farmers from the deep hills of St. Thomas on May 17. They were wearing daffodil yellow and purple T-shirts, and their smiles were just as bright. These were some of the 166 graduates of the Farmer Field School climate-smart agriculture training implemented by the … More The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

Katalyxt’s 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition: Seeds of Entrepreneurship


Dear readers, my favorite people at Katalyxt have just completed their Seventh Annual Youth Innovators’ Competition – a very special competition for high schools intended to encourage innovation and creativity in business. The youthful entrepreneurs compete with presentations, displays, and demonstrations of the products and services they have been working on. Two products will be … More Katalyxt’s 2017/18 Youth Innovators’ Competition: Seeds of Entrepreneurship

Climate Change Project upgrades Jamaican Agricultural Station for Caribbean Climate Resilience


Jamaica has been pretty busy on the climate change front, with some excellent developments. The brilliant Dr. Orville Grey, former Senior Technical Officer for Adaptation, left the Climate Change Division in February, to work for the Green Climate Fund in South Korea. And the hard-working Principal Director of the CCD, Una May Gordon, is now … More Climate Change Project upgrades Jamaican Agricultural Station for Caribbean Climate Resilience

Hope in Times of Nutritional Crisis


Following on from my last post, here are some thoughts from Secretary General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva, ahead of next week’s Regional Conference in Montego Bay. I shared some thoughts on the obesity/hunger issue on Gleaner Blogs yesterday. These issues are so complex and interlocking, but solutions there are…and … More Hope in Times of Nutritional Crisis

Coffee News from the Blue Mountains


Last year we had a memorable trip up into the Yallahs-Hope Watershed with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). As part of the project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), farmers are trained in Field Schools in sustainable land management. There is also a push towards agro-forestry, which … More Coffee News from the Blue Mountains

FAO Regional Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica: March 5 – 8, 2018


Well, these are some big issues in the Latin America /Caribbean region. In fact, these are issues wrapped within issues. This major FAO Conference will be held in the Caribbean for the first time in 20 years – and for the second time in Jamaica in 50 years. You can read more at the meeting website. Here … More FAO Regional Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica: March 5 – 8, 2018

Environmental NGOs Need Funds: Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust


I’m quite sure that many Jamaicans think non-governmental organisations (NGOs) exist on thin air. They do not. In fact, they exist by stretching their dollars as far as they can go – and then stretching them some more. Quite often, NGO workers are volunteers or semi-volunteers. Quite often, the heads of NGOs dip into their … More Environmental NGOs Need Funds: Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust