New Partnership to Expand Aquaponics Farming in Jamaica

New Partnership to Expand Aquaponics Farming in Jamaica

CLARENDON, JAMAICA (20 May 2022): The agriculture sector in Jamaica will get a boost with the launch of a new adaptive agriculture initiative today. The INMED Aquaponics® Social Enterprise (INMED ASE)  will provide training and support to help smallholder farmers and emerging entrepreneurs establish agro-enterprises throughout the island for food security, climate adaptation and sustainable livelihoods.

Global humanitarian development NGO INMED Partnerships for Children has partnered with Jamaica 4-H Clubs to implement the first INMED ASE hub farm and training centre on a 14-acre parcel of land in Vernamfield, Clarendon. The hub farm includes a commercial-size aquaponics system with 1,000 ft2 of grow space for fresh vegetables and fruits and over 5,000 gallons of water for fish, and  the capacity to generate, process and ready-for-market about 10 tons of total produc annually], operated on solar power, and training facilities.… Read the rest...

Agriculture ministry excited about aquaponics expansion

Agriculture ministry excited about aquaponics expansion

February 7, 2021

Full article by the Jamaica Observer

A high-level courtesy call by non-profit organisation INMED Caribbean on Minister Floyd Green and officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has resulted in an endorsement from the minister for the organisation’s Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture (IACA) initiative.

The call included representatives from the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), 4H Clubs, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), National Fisheries Authority as well as business consultants and technical advisors.

INMED Caribbean and the Ministry of Agriculture will be exploring a collaboration to promote and encourage the institutionalisation of aquaponics in schools as a viable agricultural technology to combat climate change.… Read the rest...

Mustard Seed Communities

Mustard Seed Communities

Mustard Seed Communities was established in 1978 to support individuals with physical and mental disabilities. Jacob’s Ladder is one of these communities, catering specifically to adults with disabilities in Moneague, Jamaica.

Denyse Perkins, the administrator of Jacob’s Ladder, has first-hand experience with the challenges of supporting the residents of this community. As a charitable organization, Jacob’s Ladder—along with all Mustard Seed Communities—relies on donations to maintain proper living conditions, including food and other essentials.

With INMED’s help and training, Jacob’s Ladder was able to install an aquaponics system, which combines fish farming with soil-less crop production. It creates a way to farm and harvest crops that are both climate-smart and cost-efficient, providing income and a year-round food supply for the community.… Read the rest...