On Trees That Feed…and What Feeds Them


The Prime Minister made an announcement about a major tree-planting programme on September 27, 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly. We are waiting to hear details, although I hear that the programme is still in its planning stages. Still planning? Was the announcement a little premature? In recent years, the Government’s tree-planting programmes have … More On Trees That Feed…and What Feeds Them

More From the Front Lines: Research to Prevent Flooding in the Upper Rio Minho Watershed


As mentioned in the previous blog post, work goes on, steadily, to understand more about, and find solutions to the many challenges climate change confronts us with. The parish of Clarendon is unusually vulnerable to floods. Disaster risk reduction is high on the list. In recent heavy rains, we saw photos of main roads turned … More More From the Front Lines: Research to Prevent Flooding in the Upper Rio Minho Watershed

Working on the Front Lines Against Climate Change: The Farmers of Peckham, Clarendon


While global leaders and technocrats talk and negotiate and plan and argue in conference rooms and at international meetings, back home and on the ground, work is quietly going on. The challenges are many, for those who live with climate change now on a daily basis. But solutions there are. At this point, nobody is … More Working on the Front Lines Against Climate Change: The Farmers of Peckham, Clarendon

The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook


There was a lovely book launch at the Institute of Jamaica last Monday morning. It was all about a book titled Breadfruit Recipes, Sweet and Savoury, by Andrea V. Whyte. The Lecture Hall is to me always a delight, with its wooden floors and its soft pink and dove grey furnishings. I sat at the end of a … More The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook

The Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition


As I write, three outstanding young Jamaicans have been selected to attend the UN Youth Climate Summit on September 21 in New York. I spent some time with two of them recently at a climate change forum in rural Portland. Dainalyn Swaby was one of 100 young activists worldwide who won “Green Tickets.” The Japan Caribbean Climate … More The Young Caribbean Water Entrepreneurs Shark Tank Competition

We Need a Strong Organic Farming Movement in Jamaica


I always feel anxious when I hear reports that thieves have stolen crops from farmers. A warning goes out that we should not purchase or eat the lovely lettuces, tomatoes etc. because they are “not ready” to be consumed. Why not? Because it seems, the chemicals on them have not yet worn off. Then again, … More We Need a Strong Organic Farming Movement in Jamaica

Cockpit Country Worries: Community Members Voice Ongoing Concerns Over Mining on Periphery


Cockpit Country is fragile. It remains under threat from bauxite mining, which is pressing around the edges of the declared Cockpit Country Protected Area. Just a month ago, I noted in my news summary: “I fear that, while the “ground-truthing” of Cockpit Country continues (the measuring, step by step, of the boundaries) there will be … More Cockpit Country Worries: Community Members Voice Ongoing Concerns Over Mining on Periphery

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