Cannabis farm, Jamaica. Image: Cannabis Pictures

Jamaica moving “aggressively” to gain access to world medical marijuana markets

Jamaica’s minister with responsibility for agriculture has indicated his commitment to the development of the country’s medical marijuana industry: Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw says he will be moving to ensure that Jamaica is not left behind in the growing global medical cannabis industry. Jamaica has …

St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica. Image: Laura Raccio/UNDP Jamaica.

Small farmers in Jamaica to learn climate-smart agriculture skills

Thousands of smallholding farmers in Jamaica will be exposed to training on the use of climate-smart practices and information communications technology in agriculture: Under the project, dubbed ‘Accelerating the Uptake of Climate-smart Agriculture in selected African, Caribbean and Pacific countries’, to be implemented in three beneficiary countries – Jamaica, Mali …

Landscape, Barbados. Image: OakleyOriginals

FAO, Mexico to assist Caribbean countries with climate resilient agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the government of Mexico have established a fund to help fourteen Caribbean countries leverage additional financial support to make their agricultural systems more climate resilient: Fourteen countries from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have agreed to boost their resilience and …

CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year 2017, Hannah Olmberg-Soesman. Image: via CARICOM Today

CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year: Suriname’s Hannah Olmberg-Soesman

Hannah Olmberg-Soesman of Suriname was recently declared the 2017 CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year. Ms. Olmberg-Soesman won the award for her work introducing off-grid solar systems to remote rural communities in Suriname: A dynamic entrepreneur with a background in social work and a degree in law, Hannah Olmberg-Soesman has …

Plastic bottles. Image: Lisa Risager
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Jamaican government to launch plastic bottle deposit programme

The government of Jamaica will be partnering with the private sector to launch a deposit and refund programme for plastic bottles: The Government is committing $75 million over three years towards the implementation of a plastic bottle deposit scheme. This was announced by minister without portfolio in the Ministry of …

Sargassum on a Tobago beach. Image: rjsinenomine

Green Antilles link roundup: June 9, 2018

Tesla’s Musk: 11,000 energy projects underway in Puerto Rico — Energy storage and solar panel manufacturer Tesla has about 11,000 energy projects underway in Puerto Rico, CEO Elon Musk tweeted… Cutting maritime GHG emissions in focus at Jamaica workshop — Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from shipping and port operations were …

Solar panels. Image: James Moran

Finance deals signed for new solar power plant in Jamaica

Financing has been secured for the development of a 51MW photo-voltaic project in Jamaica: The Paradise Park project is majority owned by French independent renewable independent power producer Neoen, while the other shareholders are MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Fund and emerging market energy developer and investor Rekamniar Frontier Ventures. France’s …