Equipping farming communities to mitigate effects of natural disasters

  • Community-based Early Warning System being developed

 The Community-based Early Warning System is being developed to help communities respond promptly to natural disasters, hence mitigating the harmful effects on crops and livestock.

This initiative is made possible through collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization and the Government of Guyana, particularly the Ministry of Agriculture.

On Monday (yesterday), a workshop geared towards formalizing the plan for early warning systems was conducted at the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI)’s boardroom, Mon Repos. The objective of the workshop was to compile the proposed draft plans for each pilot community. The event was attended by representatives of NAREI, the Guyana Livestock Development Authority, and Hydromet.

Prior to the workshop extensive consultations were done with farmers in various farming communities on the coastal zone. NAREI played a crucial role in mobilizing farmers and identifying flood prone areas. The communities that were selected to be part of the pilot project are: Now or Never, Lovely Lass, Bush Lot, and Number 4 Village (Region Five); and communities within the Gibraltar/ Fyrish Neighbourhood Democratic Council (Region Six).

According to Dr. Oudho Homenauth, CEO of NAREI, this initiative allows the Institute to advise farmers on adapting to the vagaries of climatic changes and the measures to be adopted to mitigate same.

The overall project will contribute to Guyana achieving the following two Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s:

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Climate-smart agriculture is rooted in sustainable agriculture and rural development objectives which would contribute to achieving the SDG Goal 2 through ensuring access to nutritious and sufficient food all year round, and implementation of resilient agricultural practices that strengthen adaptation capacity to drought, flood and other disasters.

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. The project aims to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to natural disasters of the government institutions as well as communities in the Agriculture Sector.