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Repsol signs with UWI to promote sustainable agriculture

UWI’s Faculty of Food and Agriculture and REPSOL have partnered to promote Sustainable Agriculture through Innovation UWI and Repsol signed a Collaboration Agreement to promote Sustainable Agriculture, through Innovation and Climate Change friendly solutions.

This Collaboration Agreement involves the construction of innovative non–traditional systems in primary and secondary schools in the community of Mayaro and Guayaguayare.

The first deliverable of this ADOPT project was the National Agricultural Innovation Competition for secondary schools to promote “The use of non-traditional methods for small-scale crop production”.

The second deliverable of the program is to complete construction of protected structures/greenhouses, aquaponic and hydroponic systems by 2016, in seven (7) schools in the Mayaro Nariva region.

The partnership will also facilitate the implementation of training and hands-on learning for teachers and students from the different schools.

In 2013 Repsol established the Young Growers Program which already has productive Greenhouse units in two primary schools.

The program will be implemented to achieve high standards of production and quality use of environmental bio products.

Food security and protection of the environment are concerns for many countries around the globe. Therefore, implementing solutions to mitigate climate change remain at the forefront of many governments’ agenda. Repsol’s involvement in Trinidad and Tobago extends beyond investing in the energy sector alone and is proud to do its part as a responsible corporate citizen to address these concerns. Repsol has gone a step ahead to collaborate on the implementation of sustainable agriculture solutions at both the production and educational levels. We remain committed to sustainable development initiatives within the communities and continue to invest in innovative agriculture solutions to ensure sustainable food production for future generations.

One of our key Social Investment projects is our Greenhouse program, which has been operating since 2008, and since then, it has facilitated the creation of networks between local farmers, large wholesalers and retailers to help farmers maximize technology and productivity and increase profitability. In 2013 we expanded the programme and developed our Young Growers Program, allowing us to introduce agriculture through innovation solutions to students, and stimulate interest in agriculture at a very early stage. We aim to educate students in the business of Greenhouse production while promoting and ensuring food security and profitability.

As a member of the United Nations Global Compact, Repsol has aligned our projects and programmes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which not only include ‘no hunger’ and ‘no poverty’ but also ‘climate action’ in the face of global climate change.

All these elements and the sustainable development of our communities represent the main engine that drives Repsol’s Social Investment Strategy, and we are proud to partner with the University of the West Indies on their broader project, ‘Technological Solutions for improved Agro-environment and Sustainability of Agricultural Development Programme’ and ADOPT (Agriculture Demonstration Of Practices and Technologies) as we both seek to encourage the youth to optimize agriculture and promote food security through innovation and technology.

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