Barbados Placeholder

Demonstration Farm

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


Meka Company Limited, which is a dairy farm located in Blowers, St. James, Barbados, was chosen as the demonstration farm for the action. The Demonstration Farm highlighted the linkages between renewable energy practices, improved production and lower costs, over the immediate to long term for the farm. The site showcases three specific energy saving practices: the incorporation of photovoltaic cells for electricity production, a biogas digester, and water harvesting technology. The Demonstration Farm was open for public viewing at the completion of the project. This aided in the dissemination of the benefits of Renewable Energy Technologies. This action can be considered innovative, particularly in a Caribbean context, where the incorporation of renewable technologies are extremely limited due to high setup costs.

Nature Element


Type of Action

Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

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. It is expected that over the long term the project will result in significant reductions in GHG and have a positive impact on climate change. However, it should be noted that this is highly dependent on replication of project activities. The project was an initial demonstration farm.

Sustainable Development Impacts

The Renewable Energy Technologies helped not only mitigate the harmful energy practices but also reduced the costs to the farm. The Photovoltatic energy was required to power all of the machines in the milk room and milking parlour. The electricity bill before the Photovoltatic system was $700-900.00 per month depending on the time of year. After the installation of the system, it ranged from $350-450 month.

The 1,000 gallon tanks were set up in key areas around the cows housing and milking parlour. The Photovoltatic powered pump allowed for the distribution of this water. Due to the lack of rainfall in Barbados during 2016, it was noted that the dollar savings have not been as great as possible, however, it was quantifiable: the water bill is usually around $900 during dry times: the dairy has seen a reduction of about $200-300 per month.


This action could be expanded to a national scale by having demonstration farms in different parishes. This would aid in raising the awareness of Renewable Energy Technology and mitigating the climate change effects across Barbados. In addition, each Demonstration Farm should be open to visitors such as high school and polytechnic students. This would aid in creating a knowledge bridge between the farmers and the potential farmers.


CPDC is implementing a project of similar elements to cover 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.

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