The Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Taskforce (JDAT) was created for members and organizations in the Diaspora who are passionate about Agriculture to join forces and mobilize Sustainable Farming, Organic Food, Food Security and new markets for Jamaican farmers. JDAT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this year with the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and successfully delivered on:
- Hosting the Diaspora Symposium at Denbigh, the oldest Agriculture show in the Caribbean, this year. The symposium delivered Organic and sustainable farming practices workshops and programs for Farmers.
- Sponsoring the first ever Champion Organic Farmer prize
- Partnering with Delaware State University – College of Agriculture to host the National Farm Queen in their summer program. This will be a new prize for the national Farm queen.
- Joining the JAS Climate Smart Summit in Kingston, to present to Leaders of key Agencies and organizations on the case for Organic as both an economic opportunity and the answer to Climate Change.
JDAT is currently launching in partnership with key Diaspora and Jamaican organizations, the first ever Organic Farming Accelerator, aimed at creating a true and viable Organic Market in Jamaica. The Accelerator will train, mentor, certify and connect Organic Farmers to markets. The program launches in November.