INMED Caribbean Mission

The effects of global climate change have been particularly devastating to Caribbean nations, which have been battered by storms and droughts that have disrupted food security and caused significant economic impacts. To address these challenges, INMED Partnerships for Children established INMED Caribbean, which was officially incorporated as an NGO in Jamaica in 2010. Our team has been working to improve the health, education, safety and opportunities of the nation’s most vulnerable children through adaptive agriculture, school gardening, climate change education, nutrition and health education, positive youth development and teacher training programs.

In addition to aquaponics and adaptive agriculture, INMED’s programs in the Caribbean have included:

  • The Community Health Awareness for Adolescent Reproductive and Maternal Care program, focused on preventing high-risk teenage pregnancies through outreach and education
  • The Centers of Excellence for Teacher Training program implemented in partnership with USAID, the University of West Indies and the Joint Board for Teacher Excellence
  • The Lyrics for Life nutrition education and school gardens program, implemented in partnership with the Pan American Health and Education Foundation, the Ministries of Education, Health and Agriculture, 4-H and the Bob Marley Foundation
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Follow a Farmer – Marcus Sewell September 2018 Update

Update September 2018:

Marcus Sewell is a 33-year-old emerging aquaponics farmer in Spanish Town, St. Catherine in Jamaica. He became interested in aquaponics two years ago when he was surfing YouTube and came across a how-to video on building a home system. It sparked his interest, so he decided to design a system that would feed his family and provide high-quality produce to sell to his community.

Since enrolling in INMED’s Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture in March 2018, Marcus has received online and hands-on technical training as well as business training and mentoring. He is expanding his home system and is working diligently to launch his own agri-business.… Read the rest...

Follow a Farmer Marcus Sewell Summer 2018 Update

Marcus Sewell is a 33-year-old emerging aquaponics farmer in Spanish Town, St. Catherine in Jamaica. After receiving online and hands-on technical training through INMED’s Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture program, Marcus spent the summer building a small INMED ebb-and-flow system, which he will use to demonstrate feasibility and risk mitigation to potential investors, as well as generate crops for income generation. Below is a pictorial progress report.

Summer 2018: Building INMED’s EBB-and-Flow System

INMED Caribbean brings the future of farming to Jamaica

Tanesha Wallace dreamed of starting her own commercial agri-business one day.

For the past few years, she had been struggling to help support her widowed mother and younger siblings in Montego Bay, St James, and saw aquaponics as a means to improve her family’s livelihood and food security.

The life-long gardener and nature enthusiast watched dozens of YouTube videos and experimented with a home system, but admitted that it was not as easy as it looked.

So, imagine her delight when Wallace learned of a new programme by INMED Partnerships for Children to help smallholder farmers, women, and youth launch aquaponics enterprises in Jamaica.… Read the rest...