The Jamaican economy is in real trouble. Imagine supporting your family on $50 US weekly. Well, that is the Jamaican minimum wage. Jamaica imports over $1 billion dollars of food each year and it is badly crippling the agricultural industry and leaving so many Jamaicans struggling to survive.
Farm Up Jamaica Ltd. is a diaspora funded non-profit organization designed to reduce the importation of foreign food in Jamaica by strategically farming crops being imported and increasing exportation of high quality organic, non-genetically modified non-GMO produce. The import and export markets have a direct correlation to the Jamaica dollar value. Our efforts are not only for the common good of Jamaica’s agriculture and distressed farmers, but will have a substantial, positive impact on our economy and all its people.
Farm Up Jamaica was formed in July 2013 with offices in New York and Jamaica. We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization registered with the State of New York. Our Federal Tax ID Number is 46-3363174. The organization is comprised of Jamaicans in Jamaica and abroad, as well as multi-national professionals from all over the word who have a heart-felt interest in organic farming and overall global sustainability.
HOW WE WORK
We assist distressed farmers in the sustainable cultivation of vacant and under-farmed lands. We accomplish this through a diaspora funded farmer assistance fund that provides support to registered Jamaican farmers. We are advancing through Non-Genetically Modified (NON-GMO) Organic Farming and a “teaching them how to fish” technique that will give farmers access to the necessary markets, organic farming technical assistance, equipment, seeds and workforce to grow and harvest crops year after year. WE DO NOT HAND OUT MONEY!