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:
Aquaponics technology and implementation
Understanding financing and loans
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.