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Surviving the Drought: An Irrigation Curriculum for Jamaica’s Small-Scale Farmers

Surviving the Drought: An Irrigation Curriculum for Jamaica’s Small-Scale Farmers

Recently, the FAO Director General, stated that “the future of agriculture is not input intensive, it is knowledge intensive”. We agree that this is indeed the way forward in achieving self-sufficiency and sustainability. Therefore, this sought to increase farmers’ adaptive capacity by way of an Irrigation Farmer Field School (IFFS). The modules of this IFFS included Climate-Smart Water Conservation, Soil Water Management and Plant-Water Interactions.

The project was designed to incorporate knowledge transfer as an adaptation option to climate change. Our farmers in Jamaica face many problems, two of which includes that of low irrigation efficiency and limited water resources. This is because they are dependent on rainfall to carry out their farming activities.

Jeffrey Sachs on changing the global food system

Jeffrey Sachs on changing the global food system

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) shares his thoughts on how to transform the global food system for sustainable development on the sides of the 7th International Forum on Food and Nutrition.