10,000 Plus Resilience Initiative
Start Date: April 1, 2020
End Date: Ongoing
We are pleased to be partnering with the National Conservation Commission and the Nature Fun Ranch in Barbados, for Phase 1 of this pilot 10,000 Plus Resilience (10PR) initiative.
In phase 1, we will be distributing an estimated 10,000 food crop seedlings to over 400 households across Barbados, between April and May 2020. The crop variety will include carrots, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, lettuce and chives. 10PR will also be providing remote technical assistance, in an effort to ensure an adequate transfer of knowledge regarding kitchen gardening basics.
SOLUS CHRISTUS KITCHEN GARDEN COMPETITION
Location: Solus Chirstus, GUYANA
Start Date: March 6, 2020
End Date: May 31, 2020
Solus Christus Village is a small lower-income community located in Guyana's Berbice area.
FarmFinder has partnered with Food for the Poor (Guyana Inc.) to create this wonderful kitchen garden competition, which is aimed at tackling food security in the district, generating some means of economic activity and strengthening the connectivity among the residents in the process.
To date, a community walk-through has been conducted to broaden awareness to the coming initiative and over 300 seedling have been distributed to participating residents.
BYGEVAL SECONDARY AGRICULTURAL PROJECT
Location: Mahaica, GUYANA
Start Date: June 1, 2019
End Date: Ongoing
Bygeval Secondary School is located in Mahaica in Guyana. FarmFinder's engagement at the school commenced after a tour by the Executive Director in July 2019, where observations were made of the school's ongoing agricultural programme. The space available on the school compound makes it ideal for an agricultural project, where the students could be actively involved at various stages.
As such, FarmFinder developed a custom project for Bygeval Secondary, focused on enhancing the institution's financial sustainability through integrating aquaculture and agricultural operations. Bygeval Secondary received resources for:
1) the excavation and fencing of a Talapia pond at the school
2) the ploughing and planting on a 1/2 acre of land, also located on the school compound.
Once properly installed and operating, it is expected that these provisions could provide 10% of the school's annual budget while reducing its food expenditure bill by 5%.
FFP visited the project in Mahaica with the Regional Coordinator for the National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute (NAREI) to and agreed to the following:
1. NAREI will provide technical assistance and guidance for the completion of the fish pond and facilitate soil testing before plants are planted.
2. FFP with facilitate additional ploughing of the lot identified for planting and implement a structured composting programme directly involving the students.
3. FarmFinder will continue to support the efforts of this project and has liaised with organizers of the Miss Berbice Pageant to bring awareness, particularly to young women, of economic opportunities that exist in the farming and agricultural sectors.