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’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
Elizabeth Thomas-Hope, Robert Kinlocke and Therese Ferguson