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Climate Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture Project (CRESAP) hands over 10 vehicles to Government agencies

Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2023. 2:57 pm CST.

Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Representatives of the Climate Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture Project (CRESAP) handed over ten vehicle institutions that play a vital role in the implementation of CRESAP. These include the National Meteorological Service of Belize, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), the Pesticides Control Board, the University of Belize, the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation (BMDC), and the Ministry of Agriculture.

The vehicles are expected to enhance the capacity of these institutions to provide technical support, training, monitoring, and evaluation to the project beneficiaries and stakeholders.

“This Handing Over Ceremony symbolizes a pivotal step forward in fortifying Belize’s agricultural sector against the challenges posed by climate change,” the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE).

“The government expresses gratitude to the World Bank for their invaluable support in realizing this transformative project.”

The CRESAO benefits about 2,500 small-, medium-, and large-scale farmers, members of farmers’ organizations, as well as other stakeholders associated with agriculture food systems in the project districts. The project also aims to have a wider positive impact on agricultural households, Ministry of Agriculture personnel, and students from the Agriculture Department of the University of Belize, among others.

According to MAFSE, CRESAP is a joint effort of the Government of Belize and the World Bank to improve agricultural productivity and resilience to climate change among selected farmers. The project targets four key districts – Cayo, Orange Walk, Corozal, and Belize – where climate change and variability pose significant challenges to important agricultural commodities such as sugar cane, rice, corn, soybean, vegetables, livestock, and fruits. The project also has a contingency component to respond to any eligible crisis or emergency event.

MAFSE said CRESAP follows a moderate environmental and social risk classification under the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework, which reflects its commitment to balanced and sustainable development.

Photos of handing over courtesy of MAFSE.

 

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