On Friday October 12th 2018 Junior Achievement Dominica, Youth Development Division- 4-H Program, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and other partners launched the long awaited GROW PROJECT at the Newtown Primary School.
The day comprised of an awareness walk from the Newtown Savannah, local grown food exhibition, chorale speech presentations, a tour of the garden and hands on activities and demonstrations of planting on the site with the children.
The Grow Project was launched along with the World Food Day Committee to kick start the official World Food Day which is carded for October 16th 2018. This year’s World Food Day is under the theme “Our actions are our future. A #zero hunger World by 2030 is possible”.
A press release started that it was fitting that the Grow Project, a strategy developed by the Junior Achievement Program with continuous support from the Youth Development Division (YDD) – 4-H Program was officially launched.
The release further stated that when this project is implemented it will allow schools to incorporate a garden into their school curriculum and allow them to get help from technical volunteers to kick start their School Garden Club. Thus encouraging students and their parents to invest in back yard gardens at home as well.
Food security for the island of Dominica is a very important concern especially after Hurricane Maria devastated our local food market. As an island focused on resilience, sustainability and climate awareness it is a fact that we have to accept that going back to the basics of planting one’s own food and having access to home grown local foods is one of the best resiliency approaches to building back after disasters the release stated.