Caribbean Agriculture Looks To Cope With Climate Change

  Bridgetown, Barbados – Climate change represents a clear and growing threat to food security in the Caribbean with differing rainfall patterns, water scarcity, heat stress and increased climatic variability making it difficult for farmers to meet demand for crops and livestock. Nearly all of the countries in the Caribbean have been experiencing prolonged drought, […]

Finance Minister Launches 3 new DBJ Products for SME

October 30, 2015       Pleased with a robust turnout and the good mood of everyone, Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips (centre), the Development Bank of Jamaica’s Chairman Joseph M. Matalon (right) and Managing Director Milverton Reynolds brought high spirits to the launch of three products to help micro, […]

Gov’t Allocates Initial $5m For Removal Of Sargassum

Kingston, Jamaica (JIS) – Government has allocated an initial sum of $5 million for clean-up and disposal of the sargassum (a brown seaweed with berry-like air bladders) currently affecting beaches and coastlines across the island and the wider Caribbean. This was disclosed by Director of Environmental Management at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), […]

Adaptation Fund Approves Grant for Caribbean Concept…Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic to Benefit

October 15, 2015         BONN, Germany – The Adaptation Fund Board has approved a US$20,000-grant for the development of a regional climate change project in three islands – Jamaica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The project focuses on local adaptation response to the troubling phenomena and early warning information for the Caribbean. On […]

Region’s Massive Debt due to Natural Disaster — UWI Chancellor

October 12, 2015         KINGSTON, Jamaica — Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor Sir George Alleyne says the region’s massive debt to international agencies is due to the effects of natural disasters. He was speaking at the seventh Annual UWI Open Campus Ceremony for the Presentation of Graduates. […]

Gov’t Secures $810.2 Million World Bank Grant For Climate Change Project

October 5, 2015       KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Government has received approximately $810.2 million (US$6.8 million) in World Bank grant funding support to improve climate and weather data collection and information management within Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs). The undertaking is part of a package of projects, valued of approximately $3.57 billion […]

Jamaica Deeply Concerned About Climate Change Challenges

October 3, 2015       Jamaica has expressed deep concern about the challenge posed by Climate Change, saying it is an “existential one” for the populations of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Foreign Affairs Minister Arnold Nicholson told the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Debate that the lives and livelihoods “too […]

Local Weather Forecast: Trough Affecting the Island

October 3, 2015     KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica says a trough induced by Hurricane Joaquin is currently affecting the island and the central Caribbean. The Met Service in a news forecast this morning said that the trough is expected to remain across the central Caribbean for the next three […]

Tropical Depression 11 Forms In Atlantic But Poorly Organized

September 28, 2015       KINGSTON, Jamaica – An eleventh tropical depression has formed in the Atlantic but the Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica says the system is no threat to the island at this time. According to a release from the Met Service this morning, the tropical depression remains poorly organized with maximum […]

Caribbean Braces for Worsening Drought as Dry Season Nears

September 27, 2015       The most severe drought to hit the Caribbean in recent years is expected to worsen despite rains from tropical storms that have replenished some reservoirs. Forecasters say El Nino phenomenon is gathering strength and will continue to warm the tropical Pacific until early next year, which translates into sparse […]