FAO has extended its support to two ambitious women farmers in Antigua and Barbuda


St. John’s, Antigua – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has extended its support to two ambitious women farmers in Antigua and Barbuda who are keen on embracing the benefits of protected agriculture.

Protected agriculture, also known as controlled environment agriculture or greenhouse farming, involves cultivating crops within enclosed structures such as greenhouses or net houses, providing an optimized environment to enhance crop growth while safeguarding against adverse weather conditions, pests, diseases, and other external factors.

As part of the Water-Energy Food Nexus Project, the FAO has made a significant contribution to these farmers by providing essential resources to expand their production capacity.

These resources include shadecloth, lumber, and other building materials that will enable them to upscale their farming operations effectively.

Funding is provided by the Government of Mexico under their cooperation arm, AMEXCID who is managing the wider Resilient Caribbean Initiative Project across several CARICOM Member States.

The primary objective of the Water-Energy Food Nexus project is to empower farmers in Antigua and Barbuda by enhancing their access to water resources and building their capacity to utilize water more efficiently.

The project aims to promote innovative techniques such as hydroponics and other forms of protected agriculture, which maximize water usage and enable sustainable farming practices.

By equipping the women farmers with the necessary tools and materials, the FAO is enabling them to establish a more resilient and productive farming system.

The materials provided through the project will support the expansion of their protected agriculture infrastructure, offering them greater control over the growing conditions and a heightened ability to protect their crops from external challenges.

Through this collaboration, the FAO reaffirms its commitment to fostering inclusive and sustainable agricultural practices, promoting gender equality, and addressing the challenges faced by farmers in Antigua and Barbuda.

By harnessing the potential of protected agriculture and efficient water management, the WEF Project is paving the way for a more prosperous and resilient agricultural sector in the region.

About FAO:

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger, promote sustainable agriculture, and ensure food security for all.

FAO provides technical assistance, policy advice, and knowledge sharing to help countries develop and implement effective agricultural strategies.

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  1. I wish these ladies all the best in their endeavor and trust they will be a pioneer for others to follow. It’s about time Antigua and Barbuda start farming the smart way. And the way to start is with the young farmers. I trust they also see the need to get educated in Agriculture at tertiary level. Agriculture is a science and should not be taken lightly as if it is something for school drop-offs. One day our farmers will wear jackets and ties to go to work in their greenhouse. And have things so computerize. And they will master and improve the agriculture science.

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