Grenada launches Climate-Smart Agriculture Program at Mary Show Community College

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(TeleSur) The government of Grenada is starting a climate-smart agriculture program at the TA Marryshow Community College to ensure food security and reduce poverty.

The government of Grenada is starting a climate-smart agriculture, CSA, program at the TA Marryshow Community College, TAMCC, to ensure food security and reduce poverty.

“Climate-smart agriculture is not a new buzzword, but rather a very practical approach to strengthening the resilience of small island developing states” and their “agricultural [and] food production systems” under increasing “climate change pressures,” said Dr. Telesford, associate dean, School of Continuing Education, TAMCC.

The new program, which will form part of the university’s Environmental Sustainability Program, will be housed at the TAMCC Mirabeau Campus. The campus recently underwent a major technology makeover, making it easier to conduct agricultural scientific testing and research – key elements of CSA.

Repairs and upgrades to the campus were made with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank Grenada’s Ministry of Education.

Dr. Telesford said that with the new program, “evidence of the practicality of CSA will be demonstrated, making it easier to scale up, or implement practices proven to be successful on small projects to larger farms. TAMCC is now well poised to provide this applied research support,” he said.

CDB representative George Yearwood said that “High levels of youth disengagement and unemployment constrain economic development and have negative social repercussions.”

“This project will provide individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds with the skills to fill jobs in growing environmental sectors,” he added.

“You now have a modern and well-appointed facility, and the opportunity to mould young minds to be future leaders.”

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