Climate change in Jamaica is forcing small-scale food producers out of business, leading to rising unemployment, poverty and food insecurity. INMED's Financing for Climate-Smart Agriculture program helps resolve this crisis by empowering struggling farmers, women, youth and people with disabilities to start aquaponics (hydroponics/fish farming) enterprises. This program will provide access to financing, aquaponics technology, training, technical assistance and secure markets.
Jamaica faces an agricultural sector increasingly affected by climate change, with unemployed food producers lacking business opportunities, youth uninterested in pursuing traditional farming, and insufficient production to provide fresh produce needed to sustain healthy lifestyles. New solutions are needed to empower small-scale farmers to grow and sell food more efficiently, earn an income, and raise themselves out of poverty while adapting to climate change and improving food security.
The program will empower small-scale producers by: Establishing viable agri-businesses through access to climate-smart aquaponics technology, financing and markets; Providing hands-on training and technical assistance on aquaponics technology, business planning/marketing and financial management; Delivering training and capacity-building workshops for future aquaponics trainers to ensure the sustainability of the program; and Connecting small producers to stable markets for their goods.
Your donation will help deliver training/resources to 130 small-scale Jamaican producers over 4 years to start climate-smart agriculture (aquaponics) farming businesses. You will enable INMED to provide farmers with technical training, help finding markets for their produce, and access to financing to grow their enterprises. Together, we will empower small farmers, women, youth and people with disabilities to develop climate change-resilient enterprises to transform their lives and the economy.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
TVJ feature on INMED aquaponics in Jamaica, pt 1
TVJ feature on INMED aquaponics in Jamaica, pt 2
AgriTV interview with INMED CEO Linda Pfeiffer
INMED's Adaptive Agriculture program in Jamaica