This project would also be suitable for volunteers studying or training in the fields of agricultural management, entomology, disease control, organic farming, marketing, farming techniques, irrigation and plant nutrition. By joining this project you will benefit from being exposed to various farming techniques in a tropical country.
Volunteering in Agriculture and Farming in Jamaica
zoomFarm where volunteers on the Farming project in Jamaica work
Sustainable agriculture is important to the livelihood of many small farmers in rural areas of Manchester parish. Farmers make up 20% of Jamaica’s workforce; this represents almost 160,000 families who are dependent on farming. Increasing costs of fertilizers and agrochemicals in conjunction with a lack of support for rural farmers is impacting the livelihood of many farmers.
Roles on the Agriculture & Farming Project
zoomConservation & Agriculture volunteer project greenhouse in Jamaica
On the Agriculture & Farming Project in Jamaica, volunteers will work on existing farms, or create new ones. You will work at organic or non-organic farms, protected or open door farms, or at research based farms. If you are an experienced farmer, you will be able to share farming techniques with local farmers and students.
Volunteers can assist in numerous areas depending on your interests, including:
Work in greenhouse production
Bio-technology tissue culture development
Pest and fertilizer management
Research trials involving various crops and growing methods
Research into soil preparation and irrigation methods
Demonstrations of greenhouse farming, drip irrigation, pest control and farm input management.
Assisting with literacy levels of the farmers and assisting them with written proposals
Helping schools in the area to develop a small school farm so that the schools can be more self-sufficient. Volunteers can help by organizing the project, planting and taking care of crops and educating children about environmentally friendly agriculture.
The Agriculture & Farming Project in Jamaica benefits orphanages, a home for the physically and mentally disabled, local school, small farmers and farming cooperatives, and agricultural research facilities.
There are 3 extra activities that you can get involved in during your placement, including assisting with the harvesting of crops, assisting elderly, sick and disabled farmers to maintain their fields, and educating students about farming as viable career or entrepreneurial option.
Volunteers live with local host families in Mandeville.