By Francesca Laursen - Global Partnership Director
On September 15, 2017 at 9am in Kingston, Jamaica the INMED Increasing Access to Climate Smart Agriculture-Aquaponics project will LAUNCH! The Official launch will be hosted by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Hon. Minister Daryl Vaz, Minister without Portfolio in Jamaica's Ministry of Economic Growth & Job Creation which covers Environmental programs. The Hon. Minister of Agriculture, Karl Samuda will also be speaking at the launch, as will the major funders of the overall project, the Inter-American Development Bank/Multilateral Investment Fund, and the United Nations Environment Programme and the Danish technical University Partnership. This progam launch marks the start of the Access to financing for Climate Smart Agriculture -Aquaponics program for smallholder farmers in Jamaica.
While these funders will cover the major expenses of managing the project and making it happen, your support is still very much needed to cover the expenses of the smallholder farmer who needs to get to the trainings (this means taking a day off work, travel and meal expenses, etc) as well as to cover additional assitance to the farmers in getting their systems up and running.
We will post pictures of the launch shortly!
Jun 13, 2017
Jamaican farmers aquaponics launching this month
By Francesca Laursen - Global Partnership Director and Project Director
Jamaican Farmer ready for aquaponics
Final approval for INMED's Aquaponics financing project benefitting Jamaican farmers has been received. Project launch is scheduled for this JUNE. This means the training and technical assistance workshops to introduce the farmers to aquaponics climate change agricultural technology and business practices will be coming up very soon.
One person who is VERY excited about these workshops and the financing that will be available to start her own aquaponics farming business is Tanesha residing in Montego Bay, Jamaica. "I have had an interest in farming from childhood, my siblings and I would take pleasure in planting flowers, peas and corns. I also loved aquatics, it has being a lifelong dream that my outdoor landscape would consist of a backyard garden and a stream running into a pond with fish in it. In September 2016 out of a need to gain a better financial stability I started researching aquaponics and started a small unit at home. We intend to learn more about aquaponics, gradually adding additional beds, incorporating technology such as a ph balance reader, thermometer, timer, increasing our data recording and building a business to sell the tilapias and crops. Our main goal is to have a registered family owned business from this venture."
INMED will begin developing the Aquaponics training workshops by next month and the first farmers will be receiving loans and training within a few months. Tanesha will be one of them! Your support helps small Jamaican farmers like Tanesha to realize their dream of a productive, climate resilient farming business. THANK YOU!