Bringing small-scale farmers in Jamaica into the mainstream economy

Tanesha Wallace has dreamed of this day for a long time. Today, she is on her way to starting her own business, thanks to a new program by INMED Partnerships for Children to bring small-scale farmers in Jamaica into the mainstream economy. Launched officially today at an event hosted by Jamaica’s Ministry of the Environment, the 4-year initiative will provide access to financing and markets, training and technical assistance to help small-scale farmers, women and youth start aquaponics enterprises.

INMED’s in-country affiliate, INMED Caribbean, will facilitate the Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture program in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund, United Nations Environmental Programme/Danish Technical University Partnership and Rural Agriculture Development Authority.

For the past year, Tanesha has been experimenting with a home aquaponics system to help support her family. It has been a labor of love, but it hasn’t been promising as a source of income—that is, until she learned of INMED’s new program in Jamaica.

Learn more at and follow Tanesha’s progress on Facebook.