FAO and EU Partnership

Jamaica

With € 5.9 million from the European Union, FAO launched a two-year project in June 2009 to help the Jamaican government ensure that rural communities and the urban poor have improved access to safe, affordable and nutritious food.

To decrease Jamaica’s reliance on expensive food imports, FAO will work to boost the production and use of locally-grown food crops such as roots and tubers.

To this end, funds will be used to increase planting areas, create rapid multiplication centres for the production of quality planting material and set up greenhouses for the production of quality seedlings. FAO will train farmers and extension officers in improved organic farming practices, post-harvest storage and packaging techniques.

Many small farmers have difficulties accessing water for their crops. Therefore, FAO will focus on increasing the use of small-scale irrigation systems and provide training in efficient irrigation techniques to farmers’ groups.

FAO will develop and distribute 2 500 information packages and provide training on setting up backyard gardens. At least 10 schools and six state-run homes will benefit from this programme.

FAO will work to expand a small livestock breeding programme, enabling farmers to produce meat for sale in the local markets.

FAO will also help to strengthen policy and government strategies for improved agricultural productivity and food security.

The overall project seeks to address gaps in the national food security programme, which was mapped out in 2008 following the food price crisis.

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