FAO Shares Climate Smart Techniques with Farmers in Guyana
FAO Sharing Climate Smart Techniques
“In vain have you acquired knowledge if you have not imparted it to others” - Deuteronomy Rabbah.
The FAO through its SIDS Climate project has been able to share with cash crop farmers on climate smart agricultural techniques and crop management practices in a bit to mitigate the effects that changing weather patterns continue to have on agriculture.
In collaboration with the Inter-American Institute for Corporation on Agriculture (IICA) and National Agriculture Research Extension Institute (NAREI), the farmers of the Parika, Naamryk and Ruby Progressive Farmers Organization of Region 3 in Guyana benefitted from a knowledge share exercise, which was focused on providing an understanding of the benefits and uses of the shade house, its construction, crop suitability and related agronomic practices.
Twenty-six farmers participated in the training exercise, which exposed them to knowledge and practical experience on the construction of shade houses, characteristics of soil types, best results practices and crop management. Participants also benefitted from expert recommendations on dos and don’ts from other farmers who would have already employed the shade house technique.
The farms in Parika, Naamryk and Ruby of Region 3 are predominately cash crop farms, which are prone to saturation and flooding, arising from rainfall as well as water shortages especially during the “el nino” weather phenomenon, threatening the livelihood, food and nutrition security of small farmers in the three communities. The shade house is a recommended technique used to protect plants from severe weather patterns, providing a more favorable environment for plant growth.
FAO continues to providing similar capacity building exercises to farmers’ groups, agencies of the Ministry of Agriculture and schools across the country as it works towards taking urgent action to tackle climate change and its impacts.