IICA launches climate-smart agriculture contest for Eastern C’bean states

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CMC) — The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) yesterday announced that it has launched a competition that seeks to identify successful cases of climate-smart practices in the Caribbean.

It said the competition, titled ‘Climate Smart Agriculture: Stories from Farmers in the Eastern Caribbean States’, is open to organisations in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

IICA said that participating stories must demonstrate their contribution to the three objectives of climate-smart agriculture: increasing productivity and food security, fostering processes for adapting to climate change, and reducing agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.

"Entries should focus on the resilience aspect of their stories and should document the benefits of increasing the productivity of agricultural systems and of mitigating gas emissions.

"The objective of this competition is to document and disseminate success stories, particularly those at the farm level, which have the potential of being applied on a larger scale or of being replicated throughout the Caribbean region," IICA said.

IICA, which is sponsoring the competition along with other national organisations, said that the event is open to public or private organisations that are able to document the cases and are interested in more broadly disseminating their experiences.

"Government entities, international organisations — either non-profit or for-profit — and their employees are not eligible to participate in the competition; however, they can encourage the organisations they support to document and submit their stories."

The application period begins on March 15 and ends on May 13.

The stories should clearly and explicitly document the climate risk that the technology addresses; this is a key criterion that will be taken into account in selecting the winning stories. Special consideration will be given to cases with an intergenerational and gender-based approach.

IICA said an expert jury will evaluate all of the submissions and that the winners will be announced by the middle of the year on national radio and television stations, and will also be published by IICA and the ministry of agriculture of each country on their websites.

The first-place winner will be awarded with a professional documentary about their story as well as a publication, and will be able to participate in an awards ceremony in their home country. The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the regional awards ceremony that will be held in St. Lucia in early August.

This competition is part of the activities being organised within the framework of the Caribbean Forum on Climate-Smart Agriculture.

Since 2015, this forum has provided an opportunity for participants to share experiences and knowledge. Its main objective is to promote actions in the Caribbean region that encourage the use of agricultural systems that are more productive, generate less emissions, and are adapted to climate change.

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