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Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Franklyn Witter


August 16, 2022 | By Colon O. Jarrett |

Six hundred young Jamaican farmers and fishers across five parishes will benefit from support to bolster their enterprises and combat climate change under the pilot “Strengthening the Adaptive Capacity of Farmers and Fisherfolk in Jamaica’s project”.

State Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Franklyn Witter says the initiative, which is being undertaken through a multi-million-dollar grant from Global Affairs Canada and the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, FCDO, United Kingdom, was launched on Thursday in the central parish of Clarendon.

He informed that it is a key activity under the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, Enabling Gender-Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean Project.  It will be implemented with support from the Jamaica 4-H Clubs.

The project is targeted at male and female youth farmers and fisherfolk in select communities in the parishes of Clarendon, Westmoreland, Manchester, St Elizabeth and St Thomas.  Over a 6-month period, participants will receive training in business management and financial literacy, as well as business inputs to start and strengthen their farming, fisheries and agro-processing enterprises.

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