By: Arely Valdivia Araica

The 54th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society, organized by the Caribbean Food Crops Society in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture of Belize, was held in Belize City.

Within the framework of this event, Victoriano Pascual, representative from the Ministry of Agriculture of Belize (MoA), Michael Morris from the World Bank, and Armando Martínez from CIAT presented the country’s climate-smart agriculture (CSA) profile and prioritization framework (1).

This year the theme was: Multi-functionality of Agriculture in the Caribbean Basin in Countries with Predominant Tourist Industries. The annual meeting consisted of keynote speakers from various international and regional organizations, a technical session, a farmers’ forum, posters presentations, field trips, and social and cultural activities (MoA-Belize, 2018).

The event brought together representatives from nearly 15 Caribbean countries, with Belize as host country. The meeting aimed to provide an opportunity for researchers, scholars, producers, and farmers to share knowledge and information on research and technology.

The main objective of the Society is to advance Caribbean food production, processing, and distribution to help improve people’s quality of life.

CSA country profile and prioritization framework

These products are developed by CIAT climate change scientists and experts, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Their main purpose is to incorporate climate-smart agricultural (CSA) practices into Belize’s national agricultural development strategy while promoting the importance of such practices among governments and financial institutions, in an effort to start developing an action and investment plan for implementation according to the country’s overall context.

(1) Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an integrative approach to address these interlinked challenges of food security and climate change. (…) CSA relates to actions both on-farm and off-farm, and incorporates technologies, policies, institutions, and investment (CCAFS & UNFAO, 2014).

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