Environmental Management for Sustainable Development in Jeffrey Town
The main problems are related to water gushing down the hillsides unchecked causing significant damage in the lower part of the community and huge land erosion, slippage and damage to homes. This problem has been left uncheck for many years and JTFA has been for the past five years working at rectifying the problem piece by piece with gabion baskets.

The need to complete the conversion to alternative energy at the JTFA Building to ensure the sustainability of the community services offered there by adding solar panels and batteries to the already existing hybrid system installed 2009/10 thereby increasing our capacity generation and storage to meet our needs and reducing our exposure to JPS and the ever increasing price of electricity; plus complete the retaining wall at the JTFA Building and secure the perimeter of the building which now serves as the community hot spot. We must construct a 10 x 12 mushroom shed and a 4x16ft covered compost platform for the organic farm site as we do not have the necessary type of facility to breakdown sufficient material for the 5 acre demonstration plot.

Finally we have some areas off of the main road which are extremely dark and intimidating which need lighting to improve security in these four areas. Post disaster assessment and assistance is critical for our community along with improved community awareness prior to bad weather and communication directly after an event especially when the cell sites are down.

Our project aims to improve the safety and security of the resident in our community, this intervention would be the final piece in the puzzle for controlling water from Top Road down to Wallingford in conjunction with our other activities. The major benefit would be the stability of the hillside by control of the water through a cleared channel fitted with suitable checks to slow the water flow preventing wholesale movement and erosion which is currently damaging the homes, the bridge and the road. A minimum of five homes have already been condemned because of this problem.

Through the project the group will promote green energy with the installation of four solar street lights at the most vulnerable dark spots in the community, and increase the hardware in our alternative power system by eight panels and batteries to secure the future of the services we offer to the community; multimedia centre, hot spot for internet access and community radio as well as under pin the fragile agro processing work we are doing there too. Grantee will produce a series of six programmes to be aired on the community radio to promote good practises with regard to land erosion and climate change and pay particular attention to water harvesting for the resident at the top of the hill. We will form a disaster committee for the wider community staffed by six key personnel from all areas of the community attached to the JTFA executive, each armed with CB radios for times of peril; the group will also keep a cache of specific equipment to assist in the work at our central location and these persons will be trained over a period of a year in risk and damage assessment and shelter management.

Also, the group will complete the retaining wall surrounding our building and secure the site with fencing, construct the compost bed and mushroom shed at the organic farm site to improve efficiency at compost making and add the opportunity of another income generating activity.
 

Project Snapshot

Grantee: Jeffrey Town Farmers' Association Limited
Country: Jamaica
Area Of Work: Climate Change Mitigation
Land Degradation
Operational Phase: Phase 5
Grant Amount: US$ 49,820.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 16,274.00
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 21,584.00
Project Number: JAM/SGP/OP5/1/CORE/CC/11/04
Start Date: 12/2011
End Date: 8/2013
Status: Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Policy Impact
As a result of the project, this community is held as a beacon as Jamaica moves towards local government reform and sustainable development ion their policies. The group is now the leading organization in the community and it is formally recognized by the State Agency for Development as the governing voice of the residents living in the area. In addition, SGP has been proactively sharing our results of the project with key stakeholders and policymakers in key government ministries (environment and agriculture). Consequently, the project has been showcased across the Caribbean and received extensive news coverage including stories in the Commonwealth of Learning journal and the UWI quarterly. The success of the project has also been featured in three climate change conferences and numerous workshops including the national adaptation plan being led by the government and the UWI Caribbean wide meteorological forum for farmers. The use of quality radio programming to supplement the physical actions has also been widely successful and well received. Jeffrey Town is the designated rural community to participate in the" Jamaica Community Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Action Plan". The plan helps to formulate the analysis and investment in Low-Emission growth project supported by the USAID and implemented by environmentalist Foundation of Jamaica. This has been allocated to a St. Catherine Community Development Committee that has visited the community to witness the development taking place there. Visitors from overseas frequently visit Jeffrey Town to view the development taking place and the community was recently selected for a tour by the Governor General of Jamaica.
Gender Focus
For the most part, men and women have equal participation in this project. The women's group have a greater role in the vacuum packer dealing with value added goods. There is a higher demand for males at the radio stations. Labor is fairly offered to both genders. The males will have a female assistant who will clear away the remains after the male works. Women have an opportunity to prepare food on voluntary days. Wallingford, the most water damaged area, have equal benefits and security for men and women. Due to the solar lights in the dim areas, women have a greater level of satisfaction and security. The JFTA program will benefit the community as a whole with the educational programs and services.
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Indicators
Biophysical
Number of innovations or new technologies developed / applied 3
Empowerment
Number of value added labels/certifications/quality standards received or achieved 200
Biophysical
Hectares of degraded land rest 25
Biophysical
Hectares of land sustainably managed by project 26

Grantee Contact

Mr Wordsworth Gordon
Phone: 876 823 3057
Email: jeffreytownfarmers@gmail.com
 

Address

Jeffrey Town District
St. Mary , LA and the Caribbean , Guy's Hill P.O.

SGP Country office contact

Ms Hyacinth Y Douglas
Phone: (876) 978-2390-9 ext. 2030
Email: hyacinthd@unops.org
 

Address

1-3 Lady Musgrave Road
Kingston 5, LA and the Caribbean