The Diaspora Agriculture Task Force will focus on the following objectives.
- Support the profitability and economic viability of the Jamaican Farmer
- Professional Development targeted to Local and Export Market Readiness and moving beyond subsistence farming.
- Expanding the Export Market.
- Key Projects: A Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Summit and Farmers Clinic/Resource fair preceding Denbigh in July of 2016. This summit will mirror the very successful Education Summit that was held in 2014. There is a lot of interest and support for spending 2-4 days where 1) the Task Force and key Jamaican Agencies can meet live face to face to discuss current challenges and begin drafting a long term strategic plan and 2) Hold a Professional Development focused Farmers clinic/Resource Fair with presentations by Exporters/Importers Hotels and Specialists on a variety of relevant topics around market readiness, irrigation techniques, organic options etc.
- Bolster Food Security
- Support projects that reduce the importation of Foreign Foods, starting with crops the MOA has identified as the most imported.
- Promote the Eat Jamaica initiative in the Diaspora.
- Key Projects: Partnering with Diaspora non profit organization Farm Up Jamaica on their Onion projects, currently in process. Harvesting will begin in November. Neil Curtis has invited members to help harvest when the Onions are ready, more to come on this in the workgroup sessions.
- Promote an Organic option in Jamaica
- Help ensure Jamaican Agriculture sustainability, health and success as the world moves to Organic food.
- Educate and prepare the next generation of Farmers and Agri-Preneurs by partnering with schools and colleges.
- Key Projects: Increase the awareness of the opportunity that exists around Organic farming and promote Organic techniques and practices in all Task Force projects. As well as partner with JOAM, SETA, Farm up Jamaica and the Ministry of Education on key strategic projects.
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