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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, November 5, 2015
National consultant for a regional climate
change resilience project, Una May Gordon,
said yesterday women needed to be treated
equally and given a more pro-active role when
it came to making decisions as they were
sometimes the bread winners and providers.
Gordon was speaking at a press conference
yesterday at the Caribbean Pacific Agri-Food
Forum at the Cave Hill Campus of the Uni-
versity of the West Indies, Barbados.
This event is supported by the Technical
Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation
(CTA) and the European Union.
Gordon said women must take charge and
realise they were being affected as stakehold-
"They are the ones who are coming up with
amazing solutions to make sure their families
are being taken care of.
"The issue of women in agriculture is an
issue that the issue of adaption is what we
are concentrating about.
"Adaption takes place at the level of the
communities and affects the livelihood of the
communities. In the communities, the women
are head of the households and most likely
the more vulnerable of the lot," she added.
Gordon said women were the providers, the
nurturers "and they need to be treated as such.
"The treatment of women and the issue of
gender and gender justice is something that
must be taken into consideration. We cannot
be a sidebar and gender issuing.
"The gender must be treated as such. When
we craft solutions for adaptions it must take
into consideration that women are owners of
fishing boats," she said.
Gordon said in the fisheries sector in Belize
(where she has been residing) and in Jamaica
it was a fact was the women were more vul-
nerable because they were the boat owners
and the investors.
"They own the equipment, they own the
boats and the fishermen who go to sea... people
always believe they are the vulnerable ones."
"Bring them to the table to chart their own
solutions. Women must take part in that dis-
course and the research must form the solution.
The reality must inform the solution we craft,
" she added.
Gordon said the men were the loudest speak-
ers and they gave the information which
skewed the solution.
"Women are not considered equal partners
to chart the decision for themselves. The time
has come for women and not just rural women
to bring them to the table to chart their own
solutions on what will work.
The risk for them is higher and the vulner-
ability for them is higher," she added.
be able to
there is a new initia-
tive where they can
if they are injured or
suffered loss of prop-
The recent initia-
tive, funded by the
World Bank, is called
the Caribbean Fish-
eries Risk Insurance
This can be an ease
for local fishermen as in the past they have suffered
losing equipment and even been victims of piracy
Programme manager of research and resource
assessment Elizabeth Mohammed said there was
a study and they were in the process of moving
forward with proposals for the fishermen.
Mohammed said that during her presentation,
titled Building Partnerships and Alliances to Scale
up Climate-smart and Adaptation Solutions in
the Caribbean, at yesterday's Caribbean Pacific
Agri-Food Forum which is supported by the
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural
Cooperation (CTA) and the European Union.
The forum is taking place at the Cave Hill
Campus of the University of the West Indies,
Mohammed said fishermen were at a high
risk for injury, loss of life and property, the impact
on livelihood but contributed to national food
security and impact of climate change.
She said the organisation identified fishing assets
which could be insured.
She said they were looking at up scaling an early
warning and emergency response system and infor-
mation on weather.
Mohammed said they were not sure how the
lionfish came to the reefs of Tobago.
She said the sargassum seaweed may be related
to climate change and could be used for various
Steve Maximay, of Science-based Initiatives in
Grenada, said some successful initiatives did not
"My definition of success is where the farmer
or producer is benefiting," he added.
Maximay said there was a lack of understanding
when it came to the needs of the farmers.
He said it was unfortunate that some of the
people who studied climate change picked and
chose which area of the environment they wanted
"A number of farmers appreciated the need for
adaption. The reality is approached in piecemeal
(nitpicking) and even successful initiatives don't
reach stakeholders," he added.
Ricardo Gowdie, production manager and co-
founder of Revofarm, said one in three Jamaicans
were farmers yet agriculture contributed only 6.5
per cent to the GDP.
"We can combine weather, market and field data
and provide farmers with action information, via
SMS and Web application," he said.
He said Jamaican farmers suffered a 28 per cent
loss due to climate change and farmers were taking
ten years to adopt to new climate practices and
Jamaica imported one billion worth of food.
Gowdie said their solution was to send daily
field-level forecasted weather updates, pest and
diseases, climate smart tips and other data.
---CAMILLE CLARKE in Barbados
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