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...

Climate-vulnerable communities in Jamaica get a boost

Climate-vulnerable communities in Jamaica get a boost

CLARENDON, JAMAICA (March 5, 2020): In an official handover ceremony today in the Alston District of Clarendon, Jamaica, five communities became the proud owners of INMED AquaponicsTM systems.

The systems were made possible by the Government’s Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (AP&FM) project of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience to reduce Jamaica’s vulnerability to climate change. The island is experiencing increasingly destructive impacts, such as stronger hurricanes, severe flooding, prolonged droughts and sea level rise, which have led to food insecurity, unemployment and growing poverty. Between 2001 and 2012, Jamaica experienced 11 storm events (including five major hurricanes) and several flood events amounting to roughly J$128.54 billion in loss and damage.… Read the rest...