In August, IRAP hosted six workshops with nine rural Jamaican communities to discuss weather and climate information and its role in coffee management. These workshops are part of an ongoing effort to increase access to and understanding of climate information. In these workshops, IRAP has been exploring the utility of and developing a text messaging service. These workshops build off a similar workshop series hosted with these same communities in June, 2017. >>Read More
IRAP hosted 6 workshops with 9 communities in June, 2017. The workshops were located in the 3 Blue Mountain Parishes. A total of 180 farmers participated in the workshops. The workshops focused on coffee leaf rust, how weather and climate information could inform coffee leaf rust management as well as other farming activities, and some tools available to farmers to manage coffee. One of those tools is seasonal climate forecasts issued by the Jamaica Met Service, and the workshops focused in part on explaining these forecasts. The participants signed up to receive weather and climate text messages. The workshops were conducted in partnership with the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica, The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, the University of West Indies, and IRAP team members.
IRAP is set to host a workshop series in nine communities in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica over the next 6-8 months. The workshops are designed to discuss the relationships between weather and climate and coffee challenges and the ways in which weather and climate information can inform coffee management. Additionally, the workshops will introduce a new text messaging service to the farmers. These workshops will be conducted in June and August, 2017, and in January, 2018. The outcomes of the workshops will be to create a useful pilot messaging service, train farmers on available climate and weather information tools, and learn effective ways of connecting climate and weather information to small-scale farmers, which will inform the broader climate service community of practice. >>Read More