Jamaican Sustainable Farm Enterprise Program

Jamaican Sustainable Farm Enterprise Program is part of the VEGA Farmer-to-Farmer USAID-funded Special Program Support Project (SPSP)
  • Program Snapshot

  • Country: Jamaica
  • Award Value: $699,984
  • VEGA Lead Member: Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA)
  • Objective: Assist building of local, ecologically based, disaster resistant organic food systems through technology transfer and management expertise that links farmers to markets. Develop market driven organic value chain production, certification, and distribution systems for agricultural products that will sustainably reduce food insecurity and poverty
  • Timeline: October 1, 2014- April 30, 2018
  • Volunteers: 70
  • Local Partners:

    The Source Farm Foundation

  • Theme: Value chain, Sustainable Agriculture
F2F Volunteer, Jeremiah Kidd from New Mexico, teaches a local farmer how to identify level land

F2F Volunteer, Jeremiah Kidd from New Mexico, teaches a local farmer how to identify level land in order to conserve water for farming.

Source Farm's In Country Program Coordinator, Nkrumah Green, describes some of the uses of crops grown in Jamaica through organic farming.

Jamaican farmer, Kemar, demonstrates how well his crops are growing using organic farming methods.

Jamaican farmer, Kemar, demonstrates success he has found with this crop after applying organic farming methods learned through Source Farm.

Technical training and assistance to smallholder farmers will cover three main areas:

1.         Increase organic and sustainable food production by developing and strengthening grower groups around group organic production, certification, marketing, and distribution systems.

2.         Improve agricultural and agribusiness operations, inputs, organic agricultural extension, marketing, and innovative farm credit approaches.

3.         Support Jamaican local food security and resiliency projects by providing rural and urban educational programs and technical support in organic farming and gardening, community gardening, and Permaculture land management practices.

As the southeastern U.S. shares similar climate conditions with the Caribbean, the program will source volunteers by tapping into these successful organic and Permaculture communities  fostering a strong cultural and economic links between these two regions.