Training Workshops

June 22, 2017

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Barbados

Training Workshops

About the Implementing organization

Name: Caribbean Policy Development Centre

Country: Barbados

Year of establishment: 1991

Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status / Public-private partnership

Description

The project undertook three training workshops in Barbados. The workshops were designed to build the technical capacity of farmers including rural farmers to undertake practical and replicable approaches to the use and installation of renewable energy systems on their farms. Three training workshops were undertaken. The project was able to train 60 farmers in PV system design and installation as well as,  the mechanics of installing and working with bio-digesters and solar dryers. Based on recommendations from the Technical Advisory Group and approval by the Project Steering Committee, the training was directly linked to the set-up of the demonstration farm.  Farmers were able to interact with the demonstration elements, see them working and ask questions on design and problem solving. All material from the training sessions were disseminated to all participants.  The training was documented via video. In addition, short clips from the various training sessions could be found on the CPDC YouTube channel.  The project undertook three training workshops in Barbados. The workshops were designed to build the technical capacity of farmers including rural farmers to undertake practical and replicable approaches to the use and installation of renewable energy systems on their farms. Three training workshops were undertaken. The project was able to train 60 farmers in PV system design and installation as well as,  the mechanics of installing and working with bio-digesters and solar dryers. Based on recommendations from the Technical Advisory Group and approval by the Project Steering Committee, the training was directly linked to the set-up of the demonstration farm.  Farmers were able to interact with the demonstration elements, see them working and ask questions on design and problem solving. All material from the training sessions were disseminated to all participants.  The training was documented via video. In addition, short clips from the various training sessions could be found on the CPDC YouTube channel.

The training focused on:I. Understanding the current impact of climate change, II. Benefits of utilizing RETs,III. Exposure to RETs, sources available and agencies and firms which can provide access, andIV. Hands on exposure to building and installing of RET systems.

Nature Element

Coasts

Type of Action

Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Renewable energy / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

    

Environmental Impacts

The environmental outcomes of the project will need to be assessed over the long term.

Sustainable Development Impacts

These training workshops aimed to accomplish certain targets of SDG 13:
-Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning;
-Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities.

The project sought to improve the skills of the farmers to aid their capacity in business management and renewable energy technologies. The participants all indicated that they would be able to use the knowledge from the training in future endeavors as the training were practical and they saw the benefits to them and the environment.

Scalability

CPDC is implementing a project of similar elements over four countries in 2017. The project elements that will be replicated include training farmers on the use and installation of RETs. The project will also build on the process of stakeholder consultations and include such national consultations in all countries. However, the project will also build on lessons learned in this project and include a micro- grant component specifically targeted at women and young farmers to provide funding for the installation of RETs on their own farms.

Replicability

It definitely should be replicated at a later date to see if there are any changes in the practices of the farmers who took part in the activity. This would add to the wealth of information about the Barbadian farming community and their use of renewable energy technology.

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