Farmers explore economic potential of waste management

Farmers, small business owners and representatives of the public sector are learning about economic opportunities that can be developed in Saint Lucia utilizing bio- economic models for organic waste management.

This initiative is being supported by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI).

The objective of this project is to strengthen the resilience of the rural economies through the adoption of innovative technologies and sustainable waste management systems in the Caribbean region.

Through the workshop participants got a better understanding of waste streams and approaches to their management that lend to their use for developing bio-inputs including compost, as well as insight into alternative biomass conversion options that are both relevant to Saint Lucia’s context and capable of creating useful outputs.

St. Lucia is one of the key beneficiary states under this phase of the project alongside Belize, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana.

“We are advocating an approach towards solid waste management that can help protect the environment and public health, while creating value for stakeholders of the agricultural sector”, said Gregg Rawlins, IICA Representative in the Eastern Caribbean States (ECS).