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FarmFinder extends proof of concept with E-Commerce

LocationBARBADOS

Start Date: April 1, 2020

End Date: Ongoing

FarmFinder has realized an increase in online e-commerce activity following two COVID-19 announcements on the island of Barbados, which is now grappling with a surge in confirmed cases.

As one of the first NGOs to roll out e-commerce in the Caribbean to facilitate relief efforts for small farmers, FarmFinder has now established a critical potential standing an avenue for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery in the agricultural sector, with the ability to quickly dispatch items to person in need at the click of a mouse.

Graydon Sealy School Receives Support from FarmFinder

LocationBARBADOS

Start Date: October 20, 2020

End Date: Completed

Teachers of the Graydon Sealy Secondary School received 150 seedlings and technical assistance compliments FarmFinder, in the preparation of their green area on the school compound.

This initiative will focus on adding some level of sustainability to the ongoing operations of the school, with a view to supplying the canteen with some of the regularly used agricultural produce.

Residents of Coverley wake up to gift of 1,000 seedlings

LocationBARBADOS

Start Date: September 26, 2020

End Date: Ongoing

On Saturday September 26th, members and volunteers of FarmFinder ascended on the quiet southern community of Coverley Development in Christ Church with a bounty of 1,000 fresh vegetable seedlings; all destined to be distributed in for free. The package  of seedlings consisted of 100 each Watermelon, Cucumber, Okrah, Butternut Squash, Regular Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Red Lettuce, Green Lettuce, Kale  and Carrots.

This effort forms part of FarmFinder’s overall Southern Belt Food Security Initiative, which aims at strengthening the resilience of farmers and residents in Christ Church, St. George and St. Philip.

FarmFinder / UNDP Covid-19 Response

LocationBARBADOS & OECS

Start Date: August 17, 2020

End Date: Ongoing

FarmFinder and the United Nations Development Programme have partnered to come up with viable solutions to improve livelihoods of farmers and fisherfolk during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to this global catastrophe, this joint initiative will focus on advancing the digital uptake of economic activity across these digitally marginalized sectors, while also reviewing and enhancing the food traceability system, with a view to ensuring quality in the supply chain.

In this picture, members of FarmFinder and the United Nations Development Programme conduct a joint field assessment on a producer’s operations in Barbados. The assessment is the first step in FarmFinder’s on-boarding process to have producers items marketed on the website. Ares covered in the assessment were:

  1. Site Requirements and Location
  2. Buildings, Storage and Equipment
  3. Personal Hygiene
  4. Harvesting, Field Packaging and Product Handling Practices
  5. Water Management
  6. Storage and Transport
  7. Soil Management
  8. Waste Disposal
  9. Traceability and Record Keeping

The next step in the process focuses on quality assurance and piloting a basic traceability system with the producer, to ensure that he is a better positions to analyze his inputs, while enhancing the quality assurance framework in the supply chain.

10,000 Plus Resilience Initiative

LocationBARBADOS

Start Date: April 1, 2020

End Date: Ongoing

We are pleased to be partnering with the National Conservation Commission and the Nature Fun Ranch in Barbados, for Phase 1 of this pilot 10,000 Plus Resilience (10PR) initiative.

In phase 1, we will be distributing an estimated 10,000 food crop seedlings to over 400 households across Barbados, between April and May 2020. The crop variety will include carrots, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, lettuce and chives. 10PR will also be providing remote technical assistance, in an effort to ensure an adequate transfer of knowledge regarding kitchen gardening basics.

SOLUS CHRISTUS KITCHEN GARDEN COMPETITION

Location: Solus Chirstus, GUYANA

Start Date: March 6, 2020

End Date: May 31, 2020

Solus Christus Village is a small lower-income community located in Guyana’s Berbice area.

FarmFinder has partnered with Food for the Poor (Guyana Inc.) to create this wonderful kitchen garden competition, which is aimed at tackling food security in the district, generating some means of economic activity and strengthening the connectivity among the residents in the process.

To date, a community walk-through has been conducted to broaden awareness to the coming initiative and over 300 seedling have been distributed to participating residents.

BYGEVAL SECONDARY AGRICULTURAL PROJECT

LocationMahaica, GUYANA

Start Date: June 1, 2019

End Date: Ongoing

Bygeval Secondary School is located in Mahaica in Guyana. FarmFinder’s engagement at the school commenced after a tour by the Executive Director in July 2019, where observations were made of the school’s ongoing agricultural programme. The space available on the school compound makes it ideal for an agricultural project, where the students could be actively involved at various stages.

As such, FarmFinder developed a custom project for Bygeval Secondary, focused on enhancing the institution’s financial sustainability through integrating aquaculture and agricultural operations. Bygeval Secondary received resources for:

1) the excavation and fencing of a Talapia pond at the school

2) the ploughing and planting on a 1/2 acre of land, also  located on the school compound.

Once properly installed and operating, it is expected that these provisions could provide 10% of the school’s annual budget while reducing its food expenditure bill by 5%.

FarmFinder Global Inc. welcomes the support and technical assistance from Food For the Poor Guyana (FFP) and Ministry of Agriculture.

FFP visited the project in Mahaica with the Regional Coordinator for the National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute (NAREI) to and agreed to the following:

1. NAREI will provide technical assistance and guidance for the completion of the fish pond and facilitate soil testing before plants are planted.

2. FFP with facilitate additional ploughing of the lot identified for planting and implement a structured composting programme directly involving the students.

3. FarmFinder will continue to support the efforts of this project and has liaised with organizers of the Miss Berbice Pageant to bring awareness, particularly to young women, of economic opportunities that exist in the farming and agricultural sectors.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to eliminate all developmental gaps that prohibit the global food and agricultural sector from thriving,  and by extension, help the global community prosper in a healthy and sustainable manner

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