Posted on: August 08 2016
Written by: Agriculture Research and Outreach Organization
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Publication Category: Agriculture
Climate Change and moreso Climate Variability, are thematic areas of paramount concern for the Caribbean Region. These concerns have been focused on high impact extreme weather events, to which the agricultural sector is extremely vulnerable. It's vulnerability is predicated on the fact that the majority of agricultural production in the Region is open field, susceptible to natural hazards such as hurricanes, flooding and drought and dependent on rainfall, being also characterized as 'rain-fed agriculture'. Based on current experiences and climate models for the future, the emerging Caribbean context is that of increased risk towards natural hazards and reduced water availability for agriculture based on increasingly variable rainfall patterns.