Map existing farm practices and assess opportunities for the use of renewable energy sources on farms in Barbados.
About the Implementing organization
Name: Caribbean Policy Development Centre
Year of establishment: 1991
Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status / Public-private partnership
Six (6) farms were assessed for suitability for their immediate set up of Renewable Energy Technologies. Both animal husbandry and crop production farms were examined. Farms were selected in consultation with the Barbados Agriculture Society (BAS) and the Association of Women in Agriculture (AWIA). The mapping exercise sought to document on site practices as they relate to:
I. Water usage
II. Waste management
III. Energy consumption
IV. Identifying opportunities for the implementation of alternative/renewable energy sources.
Type of Action
Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education
Sustainable Development Element
Renewable energy / Climate action
This mapping allowed the farmers to notice which farming techniques promoted negative impacts on the environment. From this knowledge gained, the farmers could implement sustainable resource management through the use of renewable energy technologies to combat these effects.
Sustainable Development Impacts
The results of the mapping exercise informed the other activities of the project and the information was fed into appropriate policy spaces including farming organisations and used to advocate for change in behaviour over the long term. This is supported by Sustainable Development Goal 13 which calls for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. In particular, the target "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".
This action could be expanded to a national scale to include more farmers from across the country. If possible, the sample could map the different practices of farmers in each of the parishes. This could provide comparative information about the farming practices across the nation.
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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