Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Hundreds of farmers to converge on Kingston this week

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Hundreds of farmers from across Jamaica and the Diaspora are expected to hit the city of Kingston over the next two days.

The farmers are slated to participate in an initiative called ‘Farm Up Jamaica 3K/5K Run/Walk and Farmers Market’.

The event is to be held at Emancipation Park on Thursday, starting 5:00 a.m., and is part of a broader drive to boost organic agriculture, organisers of the event have said.

Reports are that officials from an organisation called Farm Up Jamaica have partnered with officials from the Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference to host the walk/run, which is aimed to shed some light on the sustainability of organic farming in Jamaica.

Funds raised at the event are to be used to complete Jamaica's first climate-smart institute in South Manchester, officials of Farm Up Jamaica posted on their official social media page.

“The impact is profound, as it will help to change the lives of young Jamaicans who are interested in improving communities across the island through the expansion of organic agriculture,” a release from Farm Up Jamaica stated.

The 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference got under way in Kingston on June 16, and is slated to run up to June 20. The theme of this year’s conference is “Jamaica and the Diaspora Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.

The focus is said to be in recognition of the synergies between the National Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the Diaspora as an integral and valued development partner.

The conference is once again being convened and organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Jamaica, in collaboration with public and private sector partners. As in the case of past conferences, the Jamaican missions continue to play a pivotal role in mobilising the Diaspora in support of the conference, in addition to facilitating consultations in relation to the programme and content and selection of presenters.

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