HUNGER FREE LATIN AMERICA AND THE
CARIBBEAN
INITIATIVE

VII METTING OF THE 2025 WORKING GROUP,
GUATEMALA CITY, 21 AND 22...
NATIONAL EXPERIENCES IN FAMILY AGRICULTURE

Jamaica’s Experience
BACKGROUND
 Agriculture/farming

in Jamaica is concentrated
to the rural areas of the country

 It

is therefore the mai...
BACKGROUND cont’d
Jamaica’s

economic development has
been based primarily on agricultural
production particularly by tra...
BACKGROUND cont’d
Non-traditional

crops such vegetables,
products from aquaculture and fisheries
and root crops have see...
Major Challenges
Rising

Food Import Bill USD 959 million
(from USD 241m in 1994 to USD959m in
2012)
Increasing poverty ...
Jamaica’s Progress towards
MDG 1
Jamaica has made notable progress in poverty
reduction over 20 years. However, recent glo...
NATIONAL EXPERIENCE
In

an effort to improve production in the
Agricultural Sector: ( improving livelihood
of Rural Commu...
NATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Linkages

with key stakeholders (Tourism
hoteliers, supermarket chain) eg. Farmers
Markets
Eat Jamai...
NATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Establishment

of packaging houses to reduce
post harvest losses and to support increased
production
...
NATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Import Reduction Strategy
Agro Parks – Govt flagship project, and it
represents an integrated system i...
NATIONAL EXPERIENCE
The

Agro Parks represents (Public
Private Partnership) with Government
and private investors
Provis...
NATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Onion and Irish Potato Program –
80% self sufficient
Storage Capacity
Concessionary Loans
Provision...
NATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Sorghum Production
Through collaboration with the Jamaica
Broilers group limited 800 acres will be
ma...
Strategic Alliances with the FAO
Assistance

to Manage Citrus Greening in

Jamaica (Laboratory/ diagnostic upgrade,
train...
Strategic Alliances with the FAO
Increase

Production of Root and Tubers
Crops through the introduction of
marketing and ...
Strategic Alliances with FAO
The

FNS Policy was developed with
assistance from the FAO.

The

Policy was approved as a ...
JAMAICA’S COMMITMENT CONT’D
 Key

players in the process of strengthening and
implementing food security as a political p...
Preparation of FNS Action Plan
 FAO

supported the development of the National Food
and Nutrition Security Action Plan (N...
Preparation of FNS Action Plan
cont’d
The

process is in line with the Right to
Food provisions of the NFNSP which
promot...
Status of FNS Action Plan
The

Draft Action Plan was validated at
the end of August 2013.
Over 50 stakeholders from a wi...
Governments Commitment
The

Government has proposed to enact
the FOOD SECURITY LAW and this will
also ensure that institu...
GOING FORWARD:
IMPROVEMENT IS REQUIRED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS;

•
•
•
•
•

Research and Development
Marketing
Transportati...
GOING FORWARD
Reducing

our dependence on imported

foods and
Increasing

local productivity
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Hunger free Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative- Jamaica

  1. 1.   HUNGER FREE LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN INITIATIVE VII METTING OF THE 2025 WORKING GROUP, GUATEMALA CITY, 21 AND 22 NOVEMBER 2013 JAMAICA
  2. 2. NATIONAL EXPERIENCES IN FAMILY AGRICULTURE Jamaica’s Experience
  3. 3. BACKGROUND  Agriculture/farming in Jamaica is concentrated to the rural areas of the country  It is therefore the main source of income for persons living in the rural areas  There are approximately 228,000 farmers in Jamaica currently, of which 151,929 operates on farms of one (1) hectare or less (66.6%).
  4. 4. BACKGROUND cont’d Jamaica’s economic development has been based primarily on agricultural production particularly by traditional export crops. Traditional crops include: sugar cane, bananas, coffee, coconuts, citrus, pimento, cocoa. These crops have seen a reduction in exports over the years.
  5. 5. BACKGROUND cont’d Non-traditional crops such vegetables, products from aquaculture and fisheries and root crops have seen increases in the value of exports over the years
  6. 6. Major Challenges Rising Food Import Bill USD 959 million (from USD 241m in 1994 to USD959m in 2012) Increasing poverty (16.5 %) especially in the rural areas. High Cost of input (high production cost) Low Agricultural Productivity
  7. 7. Jamaica’s Progress towards MDG 1 Jamaica has made notable progress in poverty reduction over 20 years. However, recent global food, fuel and financial crises, and the high levels of national debt threaten to escalate Jamaica's economic difficulties and reverse the progress made thus far.
  8. 8. NATIONAL EXPERIENCE In an effort to improve production in the Agricultural Sector: ( improving livelihood of Rural Communities and stemming Rural Urban Drift) the Govt Improvement in infrastructure such as; ◦ Farm roads and ◦ National Irrigation Development Project
  9. 9. NATIONAL EXPERIENCE Linkages with key stakeholders (Tourism hoteliers, supermarket chain) eg. Farmers Markets Eat Jamaica Campaign Backyard Gardening Programme School Gardening Programmes Developement of the School Feeding Policy
  10. 10. NATIONAL EXPERIENCE Establishment of packaging houses to reduce post harvest losses and to support increased production Building of Houses for Farmers in the Sugar Dependent areas under Barracks Relocation Project:
  11. 11. NATIONAL EXPERIENCE Import Reduction Strategy Agro Parks – Govt flagship project, and it represents an integrated system involving all critical infrastructure for • Production • Marketing and • Distribution
  12. 12. NATIONAL EXPERIENCE The Agro Parks represents (Public Private Partnership) with Government and private investors Provision of land at concessionary rate 100 acres of land for young farmers
  13. 13. NATIONAL EXPERIENCE Onion and Irish Potato Program – 80% self sufficient Storage Capacity Concessionary Loans Provision of Seeds
  14. 14. NATIONAL EXPERIENCE Sorghum Production Through collaboration with the Jamaica Broilers group limited 800 acres will be made available for the production of sorghum, thus reducing grain imports for animal feed
  15. 15. Strategic Alliances with the FAO Assistance to Manage Citrus Greening in Jamaica (Laboratory/ diagnostic upgrade, training, disease free materials) Strengthening a National Beet Army Worm Management Programme (IPM, farmer field schools, pest forecasting & training) Assistance to the Dairy Industry in the Formulation of a Five Year Strategic Plan
  16. 16. Strategic Alliances with the FAO Increase Production of Root and Tubers Crops through the introduction of marketing and production technologies Strengthening community preparedness and resilience to natural disasters in selected vulnerable areas in Jamaica (development of ADRM plans, training & livelihood assessment)
  17. 17. Strategic Alliances with FAO The FNS Policy was developed with assistance from the FAO. The Policy was approved as a White Paper on 1st May 2013 by the Cabinet ; Then it was Tabled in the Houses of Parliament on 8th May 2013 as a White Paper
  18. 18. JAMAICA’S COMMITMENT CONT’D  Key players in the process of strengthening and implementing food security as a political priority (MULTISECTORAL): ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ The Planning Institute of Jamaica The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce The Ministry of Labour and Social Security The Ministry of Education The Ministry of Health  All supported by Parliament and Cabinet
  19. 19. Preparation of FNS Action Plan  FAO supported the development of the National Food and Nutrition Security Action Plan (NFNSAP) 2013 to 2022.  The formulation of the NFNSAP was guided by the four Technical Sub-committees and involved consultations with relevant bodies/stakeholders at the national level.  The participatory/consultative process was aimed at creating a strong sense of ownership among all stakeholders,
  20. 20. Preparation of FNS Action Plan cont’d The process is in line with the Right to Food provisions of the NFNSP which promote widespread participation and inclusiveness. (PANTHER) The NFNSAP focuses on actions that will benefit all households with special emphasis on small, poor producers, youth, women and consumers
  21. 21. Status of FNS Action Plan The Draft Action Plan was validated at the end of August 2013. Over 50 stakeholders from a wide cross section of participated in the workshop. Comments have been incorporated in the Draft Document. The Action Plan will be submitted to Cabinet for approval as a White Paper
  22. 22. Governments Commitment The Government has proposed to enact the FOOD SECURITY LAW and this will also ensure that institutions of the State through their procurement programme utilise minimum levels of locally produced foods.
  23. 23. GOING FORWARD: IMPROVEMENT IS REQUIRED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS; • • • • • Research and Development Marketing Transportation infrastructure ICT in Agriculture/Extension Access to credit and other financial services
  24. 24. GOING FORWARD Reducing our dependence on imported foods and Increasing local productivity
  25. 25. Thank You
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