Climate change and the future of agriculture in the Caribbean

Prospects for South–South cooperation

Authored by: Kevon Rhiney

Routledge Handbook of South–South Relations

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138652002
eBook ISBN: 9781315624495
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315624495-16

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Abstract

The Caribbean has come into sharp focus in recent years owing to the region’s heightened vulnerability to projected climate change impacts. The agriculture sector in particular has attracted much interest within the climate change research community given its central role in most regional economies and its demonstrated susceptibility to a range of climate-related hazards and external shocks. It is within this context of an increasingly uncertain world characterised by complex and unprecedented global challenges that climate change takes centre stage as a regional development imperative. This chapter seeks to explore the current and impending challenges faced in achieving agricultural sustainability in the Caribbean within the context of changing regional climate regime. The chapter provides a critical analysis of the Caribbean’s collective response to the current global climate problem to date, paying particular attention to the associated threats and opportunities for forging and sustaining South–South cooperation around this very important issue.

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