Vulnerability and capacity assessment: impacts of climate change on Guyana’s agriculture sector final report

Vulnerability and capacity assessment: impacts of climate change on Guyana’s agriculture sector final report

The mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change Project began the processof provioding for the implementation of pilot vulnerability capacity Assessment in the water, agriculture and tourism sectors.

This study researched agricultural activities in three site areas in Guyana: The Wales Sugar Estate, the Mahaicony / Abary Rice Development Scheme (MARDS) and the island of Leguan.

The VCA study determined that many farmers are executing small and medium measures to cope with the frequency of flooding. However, due to limited financial resources many activities cannot be sustained to protect farmlands for prolonged periods.

Some notable examples of coping mechanisms include the raising of dams around farm land/empouldering; leveling of farmlands to increase runoff rates; regular cleaning of primary and secondary drainage; diversification of income generating activities; cultivation of flood tolerant high yielding varieties; merging farms into Co-ops so as to share administrative expenses and increasing the size of holdings so as to benefit from the economies.

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