Hunger, Obesity and Rural Poverty: All Part of the Same Picture

February 28th, 2018

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is holding the 35th Session of its Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean in Montego Bay next week from March 5 – 8. Among its three top priorities for the meeting are hunger – and, paradoxically, obesity. Both are on the rise in the region. The other […]

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The Grass is Greener…

May 14th, 2017

I am starting to learn more about grass – specifically, Jamaican grass. I am not talking about the kind you smoke, of course! But the kind that dairy cattle eat. This matter is related to a particularly delicious kind of grass, I understand. It’s called Mombasa grass, and it’s gourmet dining for cattle. On CVM […]

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Tackling Climate Change on Several Fronts

March 1st, 2017

Despite what the new President of the United States says, climate change is real. It is with us, here and now. I believe developing countries such as ours have fully acknowledged this fact (as well as ninety-something per cent of scientists). After all, we are already feeling the effects. Jamaicans may not look at regular […]

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Trees R Us: Our Sustenance and Water Supply

October 31st, 2016

I am looking forward to joining a group of enthusiastic workers from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) this week. We will be traveling up into the Blue Mountains, to a place called Content Gap in St. Andrew, where NEPA and its partners will engage in a pretty major tree-planting exercise at the Primary […]

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Freedom is a Process, Says Farmer and Cafe Owner Anne Bailey

December 23rd, 2015

“I know it’s hard for Jamaicans to change their eating habits,” says Anne Bailey, smoothing down her apron. “It takes time.” Dr. Bailey has just opened a café in Kingston’s busy Half Way Tree area. It’s a café with a powerful message, as its name, Forever Free suggests. Tucked away upstairs in a small plaza, it offers a […]

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Young Scientists in Jamaica Need “More Love”

November 26th, 2015

How can we nurture science and technology in Jamaica? How can we inject a new vigor and build genuine support for the sector? A couple of recent conversations gave me pause for thought. A few days ago I attended a discussion co-hosted by the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Biotechnology Centre and Katalyxt on […]

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