Rural women producers have minimal access to agricultural resources and financing, and are deprived of recognition for their contributions to maintaining the economic stability of communities and the country. The Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers (JNRWP) was established in May 1999, with the mission of being a socially responsible, creative and innovative organization, dedicated to the upward mobility of rural women so that they may improve their quality of life and the social and economic conditions of their communities, thereby contributing to national development.
The Companies Act
Individual farmer membership
Family farmers, artisans , smallholder farmers, pastoralists
Governance and structure
Advisers to the Executive Council, Executive Council, Regional Representatives, Parish Representatives, Clusters.
The main decision making body is the Annual General Meeting (term of office: 2 years).
- Promote products made by its members
- Promote relevant training to upgrade and develop human resource capacity of rural women producers
- Advocacy so as to promote and sensitize the wider society of the needs of rural women producers
- Promote sustainability of women groups and the Network of Rural Women Producers
Sectors of intervention and activities
1. Capacity-building and institutional support to members
2. Policy engagement, lobbying and advocacy
3. Provision of economic services
4. Communication and knowledge management
Capacity-building and institutional support to members. Establish partnerships with relevant NGOs and state agencies (eg. RADA) for training services to develop human capacity of rural women producers.
Policy engagement, lobbying and advocacy. Member of the Gender Advisory Council (GAC), a multi-sectoral body charged with serving dual functions within the Gender Division of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports. The major function of the GAC is to guide the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender Based Violence NSAP-GBV.
Provision of Economic services. Provision of inputs to aid in production; identification of markets for members produce; training in basic accounting; establish linkages.
Bureau of Gender Affairs; Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture; Jamaica Agricultural Society; Rural Agricultural Development Agency.
Community Outreach through Partnership for Empowerment Initiative (2019-2021). Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Main objectives and activities: enabling members to become more productive and improve the quality of their products; improving the management skills of members and sensitizing members on registering their businesses and ways to gain economies of scale; exposing members to procedures for obtaining titles for land for those who own properties they inherited; conducting workshops.
Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers; World Farmers Organization.
10 Jun 2020
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