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Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture in Jamaica (IACA)

INMED’s 3-pillar model of technical training, access to affordable financing and links to markets enables small producers and first-time entrepreneurs to create sustainable livelihoods and economic growth for their communities.

How the IACA Program Works

Step 1: Online Prequalification Training

Participants take an online training and loan prequalification course focused on:

  1. Aquaponics technology and implementation
  2. Understanding financing and loans
  3. Developing business plans and markets

Step 2: Hands-On Training

After completing the online prequalification training course, farmers begin hands-on and classroom training in a 3-day workshop to learn how to build, operate and  maintain their systems as well as how to manage a business.

Step 3: Loan Application

Once participants have successfully completed the online and workshop training sessions and have prepared a business plan, they will be eligible to apply for loan financing with a pre-selected group of financial institutions offering affordable interest rates and appropriate repayment terms.

Step 4: System Construction

With funding for materials plus INMED technical support, participants construct their aquaponics systems using easily accessible materials and qualified construction teams. INMED experts and agricultural extension agents provide technical assistance with crop and fish production.

Step 5: Access to Markets

INMED connects participants to selected buyers and aggregators, such as hotels, restaurants and supermarkets, to create sustainable markets for their aquaponics produce.

Step 6: Ongoing Support

Participants receive ongoing technical support from INMED and community-based agricultural extension agents as needed, making the program sustainable far into the future.

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