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Rhiney, Kevon C.
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Climate change, agriculture and food insecurity in the Caribbean: insights from Jamaica.
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Globe Lecture Series
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February 28, 2013
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Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam
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One of the sectors deemed as being particularly vulnerable to climate change is agriculture. This is especially relevant to the Caribbean given the regionís high dependence on agriculture. Dr. Kevon Rhiney presents preliminary findings from a research project currently being undertaken in Jamaica. Jamaica, in particular, has been affected by a number of climate related hazards in recent years. Since the mid-1990s, the island has been hit hard by a number of extreme weather events in quick succession, causing millions of dollars worth of damage to the islandís agriculture sector. This trend, based on both medium and long-term climate projections, is expected to worsen. Given the very different agro-ecological and socio-economic conditions of farming communities in Jamaica, the likely effects of climate change on local agriculture will vary significantly by location, with considerably different impacts on rural livelihoods. This makes the task of formulating national policy, and fine-tuning programme activities to target specific vulnerable local communities, particularly challenging. This presentation presents some of the preliminary findings from an existing project currently being undertaken in Jamaica. The overall purpose of the project is to improve climate change adaptation planning and climate risk management at the community level in select farming communities across Jamaica through the provision of baseline knowledge on the exposure, sensitivity and vulnerability of targeted farming communities to climate variability and change.....
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