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Jamaica’s climate change response takes centre stage at global summit

Jamaica was represented by Red Stripe's headof corporate affairs Dianne Ashton-Smith at the The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network Summit.
Jamaica was represented by Red Stripe’s headof corporate affairs Dianne Ashton-Smith at the The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network Summit.

Ongoing temperature analysis points to an increase of 8° Celsius (1.4° Fahrenheit) in global temperature since 1880 with two-thirds of that warming occurring since 1975.

The response to climate change remains high on the global agenda, and recently, Jamaica’s private sector action was showcased at a high-level international summit. 

The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network summit in Rotterdam, hosted with the support of the Government of the Netherlands, focussed on how countries can engage the private sector in their NAP processes, with an emphasis on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the agriculture and tourism sectors.

Jamaica was represented by Dianne Ashton-Smith, Head of Corporate Affairs, Red Stripe who delivered a case study on the company’s adaptation approach through sustainable sourcing, protecting water resources and reducing carbon emissions.

Ashton-Smith

“Red Stripe has long prioritised response to climate change. It was an honour to show how Jamaica was leading in actions that will create climate resilience,” said Ashton-Smith. “The public-private sector partnership we have through Project Grow was of particular interest to summit attendees, and we hope that our experience will inspire action across the globe.”

Project Grow engages farmers to cultivate cassava to replace imported high maltose corn syrup in Red Stripe’s brewed products. The Ministry of Agriculture partnered with the company to provide climate-smart research and extension services for farmers involved in the project.

Among the attendees at the summit were representatives from Ghana, Saint Lucia, Rwanda, Morocco, Vietnam, Brazil, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Jordan, as well as a range of bilateral development partner agencies and international climate support initiatives.

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