Climate-Smart Agriculture in Belize World Bank Document
Agriculture in Belize is susceptible to weather variability and vulnerable to climate hazards, such as hurricanes, floods, and droughts. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is agriculture that has been transformed and reoriented to support development and ensure food security in the face of climate change. CSA practices have potential to deliver triple wins in contributing to Belize’s agricultural development goals by sustainably increasing productivity, enhancing resilience, and reducing or removing greenhouse gases (GHGs). Many farmers in Belize are already using CSA measures to some degree. However, more widespread adoption of many CSA technologies has been hindered by a lack of information and technical knowledge, as well as the scarcity of resources to pay for initial investment costs. This country profile provides a snapshot of a set of promising CSA practices, assesses their climate smartness taking into account a range of potential hazards, identifies organizations currently working to promote CSA in Belize and policies under implementation, and discusses possible sources of financing needed to implement CSA at scale.
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