Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability and Building Resilience in the Agricultural Sector
to Promote Economic Development and Food Security in Central America
In March of 2012, USAID, the State Department and the climate change division of Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications hosted a workshop on climate change adaptation.
Held in San Jose, it focused on addressing assessing the climate vulnerability of the region’s key agricultural products – including beans, rice, corn, bananas, coffee, sugarcane, and livestock - and exploring ways to build resilience. The workshop included 78 participants from public and private sector institutions in Central America and the Dominican Republic. This report contains its highlights and key findings.
A Costa Rican official stressed that cooperation between countries in the region would improve their collective ability to adapt. This includes work between governments and the private sector and research institutions.
Working groups addressed climate stresses on key commodities and possible measures to reduce their vulnerability. For example, more efficient irrigation and better drainage systems could make coffee crops more resilient.
The workshop also included panels on best practices in the region - including case studies from Nicaragua, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic - and how possible adaptation measures can be evaluated.
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Geography:Latin America & Caribbean