Climate change has had significant effects on livestock in the Caribbean region. Antigua and Barbuda, Puerto Rico, and Suriname are facing the adverse effects of climate change on their livestock farming.
In Antigua and Barbuda, persistent drought conditions resulting from climate change have led to the downsizing of livestock farms. Similarly, in Puerto Rico, climate change has caused worsening droughts and reduced precipitation, resulting in limited grass for cattle to feed on. In Suriname, as a low-lying coastal state, climate change poses significant challenges, including rising sea levels and increased vulnerability to natural disasters.
Concrete actions and support from the government are needed to address the consequences of climate change and safeguard the livelihoods of livestock farmers in these countries.
In this collaborative story, our Caribbean Climate Justice Journalism fellows Elesha George of Antigua and Barbuda, Carlos Edill Berríos Polanco of Puerto Rico and Jason Pinas of Suriname share the challenges their respective countries are facing in the battle against the effects of climate change on livestock.