The effects of global climate change have been particularly devastating to Caribbean nations, which have been battered by storms, flooding, droughts and wildfires that have disrupted food security and caused significant economic impacts. In Jamaica, climate-related events are major threats to the agricultural sector, which represents about 7 percent of GDP and employs about 18 percent of the country’s population. Smallholder farmers are among the most vulnerable, because they lack the technology, training and access to financing to implement adaptive measures. As climate change threatens economic opportunities for the agricultural sector, it’s imperative to introduce new business models and technologies for 21st Century producers to thrive.
INMED Partnerships for Children has worked in Jamaica since 2002 to improve the health, food security and income-generation opportunities of the nation’s most vulnerable people through climate-smart agriculture, skills development and opportunities for self-reliance.
Our team at INMED Caribbean, incorporated as an NGO in Jamaica in 2010, is partnering with multilateral investment banks, universities, the private sector and the Government of Jamaica to provide technical and business training, access to financing, links to markets and other resources to help farmers, women and youth implement commercial and noncommercial aquaponics systems to achieve food security, sustainable livelihoods and climate change adaptation.