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Agriculture

How permaculture in the Caribbean can help mitigate climate change

Maintaining and improving soil health is an integral aspect of sustainable agriculture. Not only are healthy soils more productive, they also help to mitigate climate change by absorbing greenhouses gases from the atmosphere. As Daphne Ewing-Chow, writing for Forbes, explains, this is why regenerative agriculture, which reverses land degradation and …

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Agriculture

St. Vincent and the Grenadines legalizes the medicinal use of cannabis

The Parliament of St. Vincent and the Grenadines yesterday passed into law the Medicinal Cannabis Industry Bill, which allows for the cultivation and use of marijuana for medicinal and research purposes, and aims to facilitate the establishment of a modern medical marijuana industry: Speaking from SVG, Minister for Agriculture Saboto …

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Agriculture

FAO workshop to help Caribbean aquaponics farmers improve market access

This week in Barbados, the FAO will be holding a workshop aimed at helping aquaponics farmers from around the Caribbean build their businesses sustainably: Helping Caribbean aquaponics farmers learn and use efficient business practices that can increase their market access and support more sustainable food production in the region is …

PET bottle nursery house. Image: via UNDP
Agriculture

Schools in Suriname grow vegetables in nursery houses made from plastic bottles

Eight thousand discarded plastic bottles were repurposed in a sustainable agriculture project that involved four primary schools in the Commewijne district of Suriname: This project titled: “Everyday food: Growing Vegetables No Matter What Weather” educated the children in protected agriculture by providing nurseries constructed from discarded PET- bottles. This made the …

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Agriculture

Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture delivers training in use and handling of pesticides

Loop Cayman reports that 22 people recently benefited from training in the safe use and handling of pesticide products: Twenty-two individuals recently completed the Department of Agriculture’s (DoA) “Safe Use and Handling of Pesticide Products” course. To date almost 300 persons have received training through the programme which began in …

Caribbean Week of Agriculture
Agriculture

Event: Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2018

Barbados is the host country for Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2018, which starts today (October 8): During the week of October 8 to 12, 2018, the Government of Barbados will be hosting the fifteenth (15th) Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) under the theme: “Strengthening Agriculture for a Healthier Future in …

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Agriculture

St. Vincent and the Grenadines suspends importation of glyphosate pesticides

Following the outcome of the civil lawsuit against agribusiness company Monsanto, in which the plaintiff successfully argued that the company’s weed-killing product Roundup was responsible for his terminal cancer, the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has put a suspension on the importation of Roundup and other glyphosate-containing pesticides: The …