Field Demonstrations to Address Soil Degradation and Environmental Pollution in Four Selected Sites in Grenada
Field Demonstrations to Address Soil Degradation and Environmental Pollution in Four Selected Sites in Grenada
This project sets out to address the problem of contamination of portable water, soil degradation, and environmental pollution in Grenada. The project recognizes that in addressing these problems there will be challenges, especially those relating to the lack of trained personnel to monitor, assess and advise farmers and the public in general on organic and other sustainable farming practices. The project identifies two types of causes for the problems; direct and indirect. The direct causes are those related to deforestation, burning of organic material during land clearing operations and the indiscriminate use and disposal of harmful agrochemicals in farming; while the indirect causes are those related to farmers’ practices that lead to soil erosion, farmers’ drive to produce at any cost and lack of trained organic or sustainable farming personnel to advise farmers and the farming communities.

The project has two goals; one: to develop a comprehensive approach aimed at protecting the soil, preventing pollution of the waterways and reducing pollution of the ecosystem and two: to build a critical mass of organic inspectors to monitor, assess and advise farmers and the public in general on organic and other sustainable farming practices.

To achieve the project goals the project identified three objectives. One: to establish eight (8) demonstration sites for the processing of organic waste within the first six months of the project; two: to gather data from the demonstrations sites for the building of a research and development portfolio by the end of the project and three: to have four members trained as organic inspectors before the end of the project.

Over time this project should result in the improvement and continuous regeneration of the agro-ecosystems and forest landscapes which are central to the livelihoods of a large sector of the Grenadian population through community empowerment; capacity building; knowledge transfer and policy impact.

The project will work with three existing farmers’ groups and one individual farmer who is a member of GOAM. A project advisory committee will be selected from among the executing partners to advise and monitor project activities.

To achieve the goals and objectives the project will implement the following activities: Establish eight demonstration sites: two composting units; build four biodigesters; build two biochar units; train farmers in the use of the introduced technologies; implement a monitoring and evaluation plan and provide training opportunity for four of its members in organic inspection.

The total budget for this project is US$49,377.80 or XCD$133320.08. The project will be financed as follows: GEF Small Grant Project Funding US$44844.47 or XCD$121,080.08; Grantee US$3033.33 or XCD$8190 and Co-funder (IICA) US$1500 or XCD$4050.

The primary beneficiaries will be farmers of the three targeted farmers’ group and members of GOAM. Secondary beneficiaries will be Grenadian farmers in general and the general public who would have access to sustainable farming practices; less contaminated waters and safer food and thirdly the agro ecological system.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Grenada Organic Agriculture Movement
Country:
Grenada
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 37,364.36
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 2,073.33
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 6,866.66
Project Number:
GRD/SGP/OP5/Y4/CORE/LD/15/07
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed

Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator
 

Address

GCNA Commercial Complex
St. George's , St. George's ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Kadijah Paula Edwards
Phone:
14734201540
Email:
Ms Akarda Ventour
Email:

Address

P.O. Box 3486
St. George's