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CIFSRF CARICOM Food Security Project September 2013

Improving Water Management on Small Farms in CARICOM Water, both in excess and in deficit, is a constraint to food security in the Caribbean. Improved water management, water conservation and drip irrigation have the potential to ensure a continuous year-round supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. Local food production can be significantly increased with the introduction of advanced water management systems.

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A field study on drip-irrigation together with advanced irrigation scheduling technologies is being piloted through the CARICOM CIFSRF project. The irrigation studies started in 2011, and extensive field measurements have so far been conducted in Guyana and St. Kitts-Nevis. Pressure plate apparatus—Soil and Water Quality lab—McGill University

Soil moisture monitoring

Soil moisture sensor

This factsheet is a product of the CIFSRF CARICOM Food Security Project. The Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF) is a program of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD).


Crops grown include tomato, melons, string beans, cabbage, bora, egg-plant, peppers, cucumbers, carrots and pumpkin. Soil moisture sensors were installed on the pilot sites in Guyana and St. Kitts for irrigation scheduling.

Bora under dripirrigation in Guyana

Irrigation schedules were developed based on soil property measurements and crop type.

Cabbage under drip-irrigation + mulching in in St. Kitts

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Tomato under dripirrigation + mulching in in St. Kitts


Fact Sheet - Improving Water Management on Small Farms in CARICOM