Volunteer Agriculture & Community Farming Project

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Volunteer Agriculture & Community Farming Project

I want be able to raise some money, so I'll be able to do some Volunteering in Jamaica to help out with Agriculture , so the people can have more sustainable farming methods with greater crop yields. This will enable the farmers to lower their price and still have a profit. This will help to give the people the ability feed themselves and the country properly. As it will make food more affordable and will reduce crime, as less people will fill the need to steal in order survive, with lots of people unable to afford 3 meals a day and have a proper balanced diet.

Our Agriculture & Community Farming project in Jamaica combines elements of farming and agricultural management with a community focused role. The project is open to volunteers taking a gap year, career break, or a volunteer vacation. You do not need any specific experience to volunteer on this project, just an interest in agricultural issues and a desire to help the Jamaicans working within this field.

This project would also be suitable for volunteers studying or training in the fields of agricultural management, entomology, disease control, organic farming, marketing, farming techniques, irrigation and plant nutrition.

Volunteering in Agriculture and Farming in Jamaica

Sustainable agriculture is important to the livelihood of many small farmers in rural areas of Manchester parish. Farmers make up 20% of Jamaica’s workforce; this represents almost 160,000 families who are dependent on farming. Increasing costs of fertilizers and agrochemicals in conjunction with a lack of support for rural farmers is impacting the livelihood of many farmers.

Volunteers working on the Agriculture & Community Farming project in Jamaica will work with the Christiana Potato Growers Cooperative Association (CPGCA) to support and promote “protected agriculture” as a way forward. Protected agriculture involves farming in greenhouses to limit the effects of poor weather and insects. The greenhouses also take up 10 times less land.

The CPGCA is located 30 minutes north of Mandeville and was established in 1959. The organization promotes protected agriculture and has been operating continuously for almost 50 years with the support of the community. It now represents some 4,000 small farmers in five parishes. Its mission is to provide consistently high quality products and excellent services to farmers and customers as well as to focus on the growth and productivity of the cooperative to the benefit the wider community. The aim is to assist local farmers to increase their yield and quality of their harvest.

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