Kevoy Community Development Institute (KCDI) a Jamaican NGO now
offers farm management training to regional small farmers. The Institute designed the programme after indentifying shortages of adequately trained farmers in Jamaica.
Further research was conducted which confirmed the Institute assumptions, with this in mind the Farm Management Training Programme was implemented in Jamaica with the assistance of the Caribbean Development Bank. The institute collaborated with the following stakeholders in the delivery of the programme The Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery training arm Rural Agricultural Development Authority RADA, Jamaica Agricultural Society, Social Development Commission, and Newport Farsan a private sector fertilizer company.
Farmer were exposed to Farmer Participatory Training method (FPT) this aim to build farmers' capacity to make their own crop management decisions, based on a better understanding of the agro-ecology of their own fields, and according to their own unique set of circumstances and priorities.
Farming groups in two parishes were trained and results from the training as reported by the respective presidents of the farming groups; they were able to solve along standing problems, such as of soil erosion, other mention improved yields and better marketing of their produce. These farmers are eligible to matriculate into to the College of Agriculture Science and Education “CASE” in Jamaica as Farm Management Training Programme (FMTP) is a 3 credit course.
The FMTP was introduced to St. Lucia, Barbados and SVG. This programme clearly indicates the economic and social viability of farming and food security can only be obtained with trained and empowered farmers.
"No one institution can provided the required training to address the present need. Regional collaboration of stakeholders on training of the Caribbean small farmers is the way forward to ensure regional food security".