Competition promotes climate-smart agriculture in the Eastern Caribbean States

Competition promotes climate-smart agriculture in the Eastern Caribbean States

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Through a competition entitled “Climate Smart Agriculture: Stories from Farmers in the Eastern Caribbean States,” the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) seeks to identify successful cases of climate-smart practices.

Sponsored by IICA and the Ministries of Agriculture in each country, the competition is open to organizations in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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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 (when possible).

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

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

The competition is open to public or private organizations that are able to document the cases and are interested in more broadly disseminating their experiences. Government entities, international organizations (either nonprofit or for-profit), and their employees are not eligible to participate in the competition; however, they can encourage the organizations they support to document and submit their stories.

The application period begins on March 30 and ends on May 27. Applicants must submit their stories by filling out the online entry form available at https://iicawash.typeform.com/to/feWelE. The terms and conditions can be found there as well.

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 youth or gender-based approach.

An expert jury will evaluate all of the submissions. 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 and runner up 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 winners will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the regional awards ceremony that will be held in St. Lucia in early August.  Additional national level prizes, being provided by generous partners, will also be awarded to the top stories from each country.

This competition is part of the activities being organized 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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