The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has partnered with local non-profit, environmental charity Making An Impact All-Together (MAIA) Foundation, to train residents near the eco-villages in Hannah Town and Denham Town as a pilot project to determine the potential of reducing the cost of food, improving food security and nutrition of youth in Jamaica.
The five-month training programme, which commences tomorrow (September 24), will cover agricultural, business and entrepreneurial practices.
The FAO is an international organisation that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security.
“Now that the eco-villages have been established for close to a year, we are now taking it to the next level so community members can take it further. Whatever these villages produce will not be sold to the open market, our villages will sell to the schools within the area to gradually develop a healthier school feeding programme,” said MAIA founder Marvin Campbell.
“It’s the same people that live in these communities that send their children to these schools, now they’ll be able to sell back to the school and feed their children, by extension they’ll be able to bring food to the home, and cut down the cost of trucking and other resources,” he continued.