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ICCS3 participants tour Mafoota–contemplate need for climate services

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On Tuesday afternoon, Elvis Grey of the Jamaican Rural Agricultural Development Agency (RADA) led a “learning journey” of about 35 conference participants to Mafoota, a small farming community in St. James Parish, just outside of Montego Bay. The journey was funded by the CGIAR’s research program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS)

Visiting the farms, which are organized in a cooperative and supply the nearby hotel sector, served as a good reminder of the motivation behind the development and implementation of climate services.

Farms in Mafoota mainly produce vegetables including romaine lettuce, cabbage, sweet potato, yam, bananas, plantains, and callaloo.  Farms are fed in part by an irrigation system, though drought and flood are both challenges posed by a variable climate.

Please take a look at the below for a look at the afternoon’s trip.

Credit: Climate Services Partnership Blog

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