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 Update

Update: October 2019

We’re pleased to congratulate Marcus on winning the JN Small Business Loans Start Up Kick Start Competition to launch an alternative agriculture enterprise, including aquaponics and vertical farming, to raise microgreens. Marcus developed the concept for Brunswick Farms Limited as a participant in INMED Caribbean’s Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture program, which includes intensive business planning and coaching.

“I pitched the concept to seven panel judges,” explains Marcus. “I  took them through the concept and how I would scale the micro-business into a full-grown company that would do an IPO on the Jamaica Stock Exchange.” His plan impressed the judges enough to award him JMD100,000 in seed funding.… Read the rest...

Follow A Farmer: Clarendon

Clarendon

Our aquaponics farmers have been extremely productive since our last update. Via a partnership with the Jamaica Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, INMED Caribbean recently broke ground on two more community aquaponics systems in the parish of Clarendon, where residents continue to struggle with the devastating environmental and socioeconomic effects of climate change. While construction proceeds on these systems, farmers in the community of James Hill held a volunteer workday to prepare their grow beds for planting.

INMED’s Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture (IACA) project will not only provide year-round food security for vulnerable communities, such as those in Clarendon, but will also provide technical and business training, access to financing and links to markets for those who wish to launch agribusinesses.… Read the rest...

INMED Aquaponics Grows Opportunities in Clarendon

Via a partnership with the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, INMED Caribbean is installing community aquaponics systems in Clarendon, where residents continue to struggle with the devastating environmental and socioeconomic effects of climate change. In addition to the systems, INMED Caribbean is providing technical and business training, access to financing and links to markets for those who wish to launch agribusinesses.

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