Jeffrey Town Farmers Association

Developed in response to land degradation, natural disasters, and irregular water supply, Jeffrey Town Farmers Association employs diverse approaches to inform and educate farming communities on alternative energy options, sustainable agriculture techniques, and disaster risk reduction. The association focuses on land restoration, water harvesting, and organic farming. Fruit-bearing trees are prioritized in land restoration efforts to ensure food security. In conjunction with the use of climate resilient infrastructure, pineapple plants have been used to stabilize hillsides previously susceptible to landslides, which caused environmental and economic damage to local communities. Community incomes have improved through a range of alternative livelihood activities that include livestock rearing, cultivation of biodiverse crops, and agroforestry. Demonstration plots are used for farmer training activities, particularly around drought-resistant crops. Solar streetlights have been introduced in four communities, a new health facility has been built to meet local medical needs, and a local radio station engages youth while informing the community about important issues.


Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2014

Founded: 1991

Location: Jeffrey Town, St. Mary Parish, Jamaica

Beneficiaries: The community of Jeffrey Town

Area of Focus: Disaster risk reduction and organic farming


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 Equator Prize 2014

Latin America And The Caribbean

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Contact Information

Ivy Gordon
Language: English


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