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Post Hurricanes Ivan and Emily:

GRENCODA’s decision to focus on the resuscitation of farming/ agriculture was driven by the demands and expectation of farmers, members of various communities, and by the conviction of management and staff of the vital role of this industry for livelihood, food security, and overall development of the rural economy.
Assistance provided to farmers included Farm Road Clearance, Farm Land Clearance, Planting Material, Fertiliser, Farm Tools etc.

Chambord Farmers & Annual Farmers Market:

slide1For several decades farmers of Rose Hill and River Sallee have worked, farmed the lands at Chambord. Despite good produce as the land is fertile, lends itself to mechanization and is prime agricultural lands, the farmers remain vulnerable mainly because they have no title to the land and basic rent once collected has not been so collected for over (10) years.
For fifteen (15) years (2010) GRENCODA has worked with the farmers to improve this land holding situation at Chambord. This issue featured prominently in the 1995 national elections and visitation and petition have been made and submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture over the years. There is now some recognition by the political directorate of the grave scenario facing the farmers and of the gallan and substantial contribution they make to the food basket of Grenada.
They have benefited from GRENCODA’s support which has seen continued provision of tractor service without hike in cost as a significant subsidy is given ($10.00 per hour). Plant material, fertilizer, tools/equipment have also been provided. Now that such support and the dedication of the farmers have resulted in increased production marketing is the “new” challenge. The Annual Farmers Market started in 2006 continues to be one response to the challenge.

Fishing:

Fishing is an integral part of life for rural folks particularly on Grenada’s West Coast. The town of Gouyave home of GRENCODA is well recognized as the largest fishing village in Grenada, where 85% of the population depends on fishing for livelihood. Hurricane Ivan caused widespread devastation to the industry, fishermen and women turned to GRENCODA for assistance. Though the agency had some experience rendering such after the 1999 sea surge the present situation was much more intense and widespread, the demand far greater.
GRENCODA responded with a programme to replace some fishing equipment and gears, and repair fiberglass boats.
Nine (9) fisher folk received engine ranging from 15 hp – 40 hp. Nineteen (19) fiberglass boats were repaired. The agency collaborated with NEWLO in training six young men in fiberglass boat repair during the delivery of this programme. CIDA Fund for Local Initiative and USAID/CARANA funded the programme

Chicken/ Pig / Goat Rearing:

The idea of households becoming involved in rearing chickens was initially staff led; as a deliberate strategy to reintroduce sustainable development activities for income and food security. In 2005, (232) households in the parishes of St. John, St. Mark and St. Patrick received 7300 chicks (Broilers) and coops as well as 69,650 lbs of feed. Twenty five (25) to thirty (30) percent are continuing to rear chickens, some extended their coops to include “Layers”. These family business receive training and minimum infrastructural support from GRENCODA as they grow. The pig and goat rearing started on a smaller scale in 2006-2007 respectively, after receiving basic training twenty five (25) households received fifty (50) pigs/feed; nine households with students in the Student Assistance Programme (SAP) received 16 goats; both projects expanded – 30 – 32 additional households received 65 pigs contributed from the initial fifty as part of the stipulated agreement and 11 additional households receive 25 goats. GRENCODA in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture ensure continuous training and periodic monitoring of their progress.

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Cocoa Rehabilitation:

slide4The Cocoa Industry lost over 70% of its tree stock post hurricane Ivan 2004 and Emily 2005 respectively. Grenada is one of three countries in the Caribbean where 100% Fine Flavoured Cocoa is produced. In 2006 – 2007 with funding support from Charities Advisory Trust a rehabilitation project was implemented by GRENCODA. Over seventy (70) farmers in four (4) parishes (St. John, St. Mark, St. Patrick, St. Andrew) benefitted. This initiative served as the springboard for the rehabilitation of the cocoa industry. Since then Cocoa production and sale has seen increase to almost match pre Hurricane levels.
The rehabilitation project has been extended to provide labour and inputs to cocoa farmers of St. David. This contribution is significant as the Grenada Cocoa Association prepare to open its first ever Cocoa Processing Plant to add value, while maintaining its place in the international market.

 

 

Poverty Reduction and Capacity building for rural women & Livelihood for rural women programme:

Amidst the severe economic constraints facing rural people, women in particular shoulder great hardships as persons singly responsible for households they head. GRENCODA interfaces with these women almost daily in rural communities of St. John’s, St. Mark’s and St. Patrick’s.
Having found resources in 2010 to implement a youth empowerment and training programme for fifty (50) young persons between ages 16 – 25 GRENCODA was confronted by older women, 26-45 years advocating for an intervention to favor them. They argued that amongst that age group of women – 26 – 45, are larger numbers of dependents and children within the home – some priority should be given.
GRENCODA responded, sought and received financial support from UNIFEM to address the training and skills requirements of these rural women, some thirty (30) of whom were targeted.

GRENCODA also implemented a similar programme with funding support from the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Grenada. Seventy five (75) rural women benefitted from:

  1. ICT
  2. Personal Development/Life skills
  3. Sewing, Agro Processing, Dried Fish, Animal Production, Plant Propagation
  4. Small Business/Entrepreneurship training

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