This project Promoting Renewable Energy Production in farming communities in Barbados aims to support climate change mitigation efforts in Barbados. It is funded by the Global Environment Facility Small Grant Projects, implemented by the UNDP. It focuses on the agricultural sector given its importance to food security and sovereignty, rural development, import substitution, and in the long term, sustainable development of the small island developing states (SIDS) of the region.
Moreover, with increasing awareness of climate change and the need for requisite responses for moving towards a “green economy” many sectors have been asking for enhanced guidance and support for alternative energy and water conservation options. In this context, the deployment of Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) is particularly relevant for Barbados. The climatic conditions make the island an ideal setting for such initiatives.
Overall Project Objectives are to:
- Map existing farm practices and assess opportunities for the use of renewable energy sources on farms in Barbados.
- Establish one demonstration farm showcasing the practical application and utility of alternative and renewable energy sources for farms.
- Train 30 farmers in Barbados to effectively install and utilise renewable energy sources on their farms.
- Facilitate multi-sectoral dialogue around the opportunities and barriers to the use of renewable energy in the agricultural sector.
This project was funded by the Global Environment Facility Small Grant Projects, implemented by the UNDP.