HCP Policy Brief No. 9: Enhancing Food Security through Urban Agriculture in Kingston, Jamaica

  • 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‚Äôs 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

Elizabeth Thomas-Hope, Robert Kinlocke and Therese Ferguson

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