Members of an agricultural society in Saint Thomas, Jamaica, started as subsistence farmers and blossomed into business-savvy apiculturists. Through the USAID-funded Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change project, the group learned about the importance of these key pollinators and how beekeeping and selling honey products can provide climate-smart economic opportunities.
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Youth aged 14 to 25 learned about the effects of climate change, ways to mitigate the risk, and how they can raise awareness in their communities through the USAID-funded Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change project in 2018. The project provided climate change training to 2,146 youth and more than 147,000 trees were planted in a forest reserve.
Fradian Murray, a research assistant, assesses a cassava trial plot in Saint Thomas, Jamaica. Through the USAID-funded Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change project, Fradian is helping smallholder farmers, including women, sell their cassava crop to the Jamaican beer company Red Stripe and secure better livelihoods and futures in the face of mounting climate risks.