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St. Lucia hosts national dialogue to support climate services for the agricultural sector

The activity format revolved around group activities and post discussions to identify specific interests, key actors and communication channels through which intended users can receive the products.

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia, January 24, 2017 (IICA). The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) commenced the New Year with an interactive national dialogue in support of specifying climate services (information and knowledge products) for the agricultural sector.

The primary outputs of the activity were indicative advisories on the specific information and knowledge that are being demanded by the various agricultural stakeholders, like farmers, extension officers and agricultural planners, among others, and suggestions on communication channels and actors who could support the effective Development and dissemination of climate services in Saint Lucia.

The dialogue aimed at providing guidance on climate services and products being generated by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) to improve the utility of products to intended users at the national level.

"This dialogue is important to the continued efforts of IICA in Saint Lucia in supporting resilience of farmers and agricultural systems to the potentially harmful effects of a changing climate," said Brent Theophile, IICA national specialist in Saint Lucia.

With this introduction to the concept and the insights gained, I have added, both farmers and support agents have a platform for closer collaboration in generating value-adding climate services.

A total of twenty representatives from agricultural planning, the Meteorological Office, Agricultural Extension Services, development organizations and programs and farmer groups were in attendance.

The IICA Delegation in Saint Lucia in the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) meeting held on December.

For more information, contact:  brent.theopile@iica.int