Farmers in Antigua and Barbuda will benefit from a major project that will promote activities to strengthen food security during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The International Institute For Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), through a collective crowdfunding or microfinancing campaign entitled #IAmJoiningIICAChallenge, will spearhead the US$25,000 project which will see six small scale farmers from various agricultural districts receive fully automated drip irrigation systems.
The funding provided will also cover the procurement of seeds and other agro-inputs and the construction of a Multiplication Humidity Bin and a Seedling Nursery in Barbuda.
US$12,000.00 has been allotted to begin the activities.
Since the first case of COVID-19 was announced in Antigua and Barbuda in March 2020, food security has been a recurring theme for the government and its people. The government, as a result, has encouraged more people to engage in backyard gardening. A COVID-19 barrel initiative for the public and other concessions specifically designed for farmers were also introduced.
Haiti which also faces food vulnerabilities has also been included in the initiative.