Jamaican farmers’ groups meet to discuss new training opportunities

I have to say, I worry for Jamaican farmers. At the same time, I admire them greatly for their tenacity and willingness to achieve results, no matter what. The former Agriculture Minister Floyd Green started an “Agriculture in Bloom” programme to give women farmers extra support. I am not sure whether it is still going, … More Jamaican farmers’ groups meet to discuss new training opportunities

International Rural Women’s Day in Cockpit Country (and beyond)

Happy International Rural Women’s Day! This year, the focus is on women farmers. Frequently lauded for their strength, hard work and resilience, they are a solid presence in rural Jamaica – over one third of rural women are farmers. Three years ago, I met a group of them at a Farmer’s School graduation ceremony, and … More International Rural Women’s Day in Cockpit Country (and beyond)

Working on the Front Lines Against Climate Change: The Farmers of Peckham, Clarendon

While global leaders and technocrats talk and negotiate and plan and argue in conference rooms and at international meetings, back home and on the ground, work is quietly going on. The challenges are many, for those who live with climate change now on a daily basis. But solutions there are. At this point, nobody is … More Working on the Front Lines Against Climate Change: The Farmers of Peckham, Clarendon

View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

Recently, I found myself on the top of a hill in South St. Elizabeth. This part of the parish has a special aura. It is warm as toast, dry as bone – and yet,  fruitful. It has been called the “bread basket” of Jamaica. St. Elizabeth people are soft-spoken. St. Elizabeth farmers are known for … More View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

I was sitting at a table with a group of women farmers from the deep hills of St. Thomas on May 17. They were wearing daffodil yellow and purple T-shirts, and their smiles were just as bright. These were some of the 166 graduates of the Farmer Field School climate-smart agriculture training implemented by the … More The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

Women Say No to Coal: 51% Coalition’s Open Letter to Prime Minister Holness

Please find below an Open Letter from the 51% Coalition – Women in Partnership for Development and Empowerment. This letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, expresses concern over the proposed coal-fired power plant for an industrial park in Nain, St. Elizabeth.  The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP   August 8, 2016 Dear Prime Minister: … More Women Say No to Coal: 51% Coalition’s Open Letter to Prime Minister Holness

1000MW coal-fired plant is a retrograde step, says JET

I am posting below a press release from the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), strongly opposing the construction of a 1000MW coal-fired power plant in Nain, St. Elizabeth. Such a large plant would cause untold harm in terms of pollution of the earth, sea and air – and consequently our own health. It would also greatly … More 1000MW coal-fired plant is a retrograde step, says JET

Four Jamaican projects to receive first grants from Queen’s Young Leaders Programme

As the controversy over last week’s visit by UK Prime Minister David Cameron continues to rumble, here is some very positive news for four Jamaican private sector/non-governmental organizations – and for Jamaican youth – from the British High Commission. This is their press release. The areas of support are especially interesting.    For immediate release … More Four Jamaican projects to receive first grants from Queen’s Young Leaders Programme

A Message from the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association

Dear readers: This popped into my inbox today. As I have hardly addressed this issue in my blog over the past year or so, I thought I would share it with you. This is not something that is going to be resolved overnight. I endorse the Minister of Justice’s cautious approach to the matter, although … More A Message from the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association