Through our 'Young Soldiers for Food Security' program, Farm Up Jamaica gives students, from many agriculture schools the opportunity to gain practical farming experience by working on Organic farms. We provide them with transportation, room & board, and a stipend to inspire them to create a vision that can positively impact their communities while preparing them to become Jamaica's next generation of environmentally-conscious farmers.
Jamaica imports 1billion dollars worth of food yearly due to inactivity within the agricultural sector; agriculture students are graduating into their fields with little work prospects because of this. The profession of farming is now being looked down upon because of the lack of opportunities within this sector. If nothing is done, Jamaica's food security will remain in a state of emergency as imports increase and opportunities diminish.
Every US$40 contribution will fund one (1) student's working weekend visit on a farm. They will gain practical organic-farming experience while helping to reduce the importation of food into the country! In 2017, select students will be assigned their own 1-acre farms complete with business plans, markets and other resources. With your help, these students will carry the torch and help safeguard food security by becoming the next generation of environmentally-conscious, agri-entrepreneurs.
Since Jamaican farmers are an aging population, there is a very real need for a new group of agriculturists who love to farm. Agriculture students are Jamaica's future. With your support these passionate students can continue to take their roles seriously and inspire the entire nation to continue with climate-smart farming, which in turn helps to create green jobs, reduce importation, increase the value of the Jamaica dollar, make nutritious food affordable and reduce crime.
This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).
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