Saint Lucia among countries to benefit from new climate-smart aquaponics project

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is expanding its collaboration with INMED Partnerships for Children/INMED Caribbean to enhance the capacity of small-scale farmers to implement climate-adaptive aquaponics farming and strengthen Micro Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs).

The Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture in the Caribbean Through INMED Aquaponics Project will build the capacity of aquaponics enterprises and increase climate resilience in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and The Bahamas by scaling INMED Aquaponics.

“As economic opportunities for small-scale farmers decline amid significant climate change impacts, it is imperative to introduce viable, income-generating livelihood alternatives, particularly among our MSMEs” says Lisa Harding, Coordinator Micro, Small and Medium Size Enterprise Development at CDB.

Innovative solutions are especially needed as regional economies face a variety of climate-driven events. Global disruptions in the supply chain are delaying the delivery of foodstuff and supplies small-scale farmers depend on to sustain their livelihoods. Through this initiative, the Bank is proactively building climate resilience with an adaptive agriculture model.

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