Enhancing Food Security through Urban Agriculture in Kingston, Jamaica

Elizabeth Thomas-Hope, Robert Kinlocke and Therese Ferguson

Much focus has been accorded rural agriculture, both in the literature and in practice. Yet urban agriculture is both a viable and necessary area of focus as it pertains to food security in Jamaica.

An education and communication strategy is required to ensure that attitudes towards nutrition and poor food choices are changed (within the range of affordability) in efforts to achieve food security.

Given the threats posed by climate change, the development of urban agriculture should incorporate not only previously designated sites through zoning for small-scale livestock and produce rearing; it also should incorporate backyard farming/gardening, housetop farming, school gardens and composting, hydroponics, greenhouses, and rainwater harvesting consistent with Jamaica’s Vision 2030.

A comprehensive focus on urban agriculture must incorporate all relevant stakeholders including ministries; the National Water Commission; community organizations and faith-based organizations; global entities for resources and expertise; international and national funding agencies; and research institutions

Policy Brief No. 9

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