South-South Exchange: Mexico and Jamaica Aquaponics Technology March 6-8, 2019

South-South Exchange: Mexico and Jamaica Aquaponics Technology March 6-8, 2019

Jul 22, 2020

This Knowldge Product outlines detailed consultations between GEF SGP Jamaica and Mexico, reagrding a programme of activities designed to gain first-hand practical experiences on sustainable aquaponics farming at both small and commercial scales. Aquaponics was considered to be a good means for communities to address challenges to food production from climate change impacts given the advantages of soil conservation, recycling of water and the provision of organic nutrients from the fish to the plants. This exchange engaged participants from the Government, private sector, academia and local communities. The discussions, presentations and site tours were focused on obtaining information on the role/levels of partnerships that communities need to establish to ensure sustainability, understanding the processes involved in setting up and maintaining a viable aquaponics farm and demonstrating how communities can benefit from various products using aquaponics technology. In this regard, there was consideration of the role of Government in formulating the right policy that is needed as well as the role of academia for research, as aquaponics is highly research- based. The exchange provided an interactive platform for participants to think innovatively, share knowledge and experiences and observe successful practices and approaches. Participants had the opportunity to understand the various approaches from different perspectives.  

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