Belmopan, April 30, 2018 – Executives from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) met today Monday, April 30, 2018 at the 5Cs’ headquarters in Belmopan to discuss developing a regional project that aims to address agriculture and rural development.
Dr. Gabriel Rodriguez Marqués, Coordinator of the Projects Unit at IICA Headquarters in Costa Rica headed the three-person team that met with with officials from the Centre including Executive Director, Dr. Kenrick Leslie. Discussions focused on the development of initiatives that will help to build resilience and provide funding of adaptation and mitigation in regional agriculture and rural development through the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The meeting explored a range of issues affecting regional agriculture. These include availability and access to water and the high rates of food importation in countries of the region.
Both organisations have committed to pooling technical resources to develop the project through the Green Climate Fund Simplified Approval Process (SAP) and have scheduled another meeting for May 11, 2018.
Also attending the meeting were: from the CCCCC, Dr. Ulric Trotz, Deputy Executive Officer and Science Advisor; Dr. Mark Bynoe, Assistant Deputy Director; Project development specialists, Dr. Donneil Cain and Mr. Vincent Peter, and Science officers Mr Ahnivar Peralta and Ms Diana Ruiz. The IICA team included Dr Stephen Williams and Mr. Willie Chan, Technical Specialists.