Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Cocoa and Tomato for Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago
Together with Scientists from the University of the West Indies (UWI), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) carried out an assessment of the likely consequences of climate change for the two Caribbean countries Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica. The 18 month project was managed under the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS).
We used climate data and future predictions from models of the UWI Climate Studies Group Mona and crop suitability models from the Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area at CIAT to assess the likely impact of climate change on cocoa, tomato and other crops that have been identified as important crops for small farmers in the Caribbean. We compared the impact of climate change on these crops for land use categories and altitudes levels and asked farmers about their perceptions on climate risks.
As main output we developed recommendations for further actions and prepared two policy briefs targeted primarily at governments and related national institutions. We want to raise awareness of decision makers for the relatively high sensitivity and exposure of small farmers on Caribbean islands to climate change and risks from variability.