Agricultural Development Organization (ADO) Bahamas and The Church Commercial Farming Group (TCCFG) distribute nearly 200 backyard farming kits at CG Atlantic’s Zest Festival

Wed, Nov 30th 2022, 10:06 AM

Agricultural Development Organization (ADO) Bahamas distributed 195 backyard farming kits tointerested members of the general public at CG Atlantic’s Zest Festival, which took place on Saturday atthe CG Atlantic House Grounds.

Hundreds of attendees showed up at the festival, many of whom jumped at the opportunity to takehome one of ADO’s kits and get started producing food in their own yards.

ADO Executive Chairman Philip Smith said it’s just the latest in the organization’s efforts to equip moreBahamians with the tools to improve food security.

“We view food security and our pursuit of it as a nation as a holistic effort, one that should involve alllevels of society, from government, to businesses to individuals,” said Smith.

“And through our backyard farming initiative, we are seeking to provide individuals and their familieswith resources to grow some of their own food and reduce dependence on imported goods.”

Members of The Commercial Church Faming Group (TCCFG) were on hand at the Zest Festival todemonstrate to members of the public how to use the kits.

The giveaway was ADO’s most recent, with the organization having also handed out 50 kits last week atCampbell Shipping, which were purchased as a Christmas gift to their staff. The company also donated$6,000 to ADO.

The backyard farming initiative is part of a larger effort by ADO, in partnership with TCCFG, to supportagricultural development for greater food independence.

With the cost of living and inflation continuing to be a major issue for many Bahamian families, Smithsaid he is hopeful that the organization can help to provide a stable and sustainable local foodproduction industry.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and the food shortages and inflation that has followed has emphasized that asa country, we need be able to feed ourselves,” he said.

“And that’s a key part of our mission here at ADO. We believe that the importance of being able to growour own food cannot be emphasized enough and will go a long way towards increasing our resilience asa nation to global economic shocks.”

In a country where nearly 90 percent of the food consumed is imported, food security has been at theforefront of national discussion in recent years, with crisis after crisis highlighting the urgent need toreduce The Bahamas’ annual food import bill of more than $1 billion.

Both governing parties have called for a greater focus on increasing food production in The Bahamas inan effort to move towards greater food independence.

Launched in February, ADO has already become a driving force in that effort, committed to working withthe government and various sectors of society to support agricultural development.

In recognition of Giving Tuesday, which takes place tomorrow, ADO is seeking the public’s help in raisingfunds to be able to continue its work of empowering Bahamians to grow their own food in an effort toincrease the country’s food security.

Those interested in donating to ADO’s cause find more information on how to do that athttps://adobahamas.org/donations-page.

 

Agricultural Development Organization (ADO) Bahamas distributed 195 backyard farming kits to
interested members of the general public at CG Atlantic’s Zest Festival, which took place on Saturday at
the CG Atlantic House Grounds.
Hundreds of attendees showed up at the festival, many of whom jumped at the opportunity to take
home one of ADO’s kits and get started producing food in their own yards.
ADO Executive Chairman Philip Smith said it’s just the latest in the organization’s efforts to equip more
Bahamians with the tools to improve food security.
“We view food security and our pursuit of it as a nation as a holistic effort, one that should involve all
levels of society, from government, to businesses to individuals,” said Smith.
“And through our backyard farming initiative, we are seeking to provide individuals and their families
with resources to grow some of their own food and reduce dependence on imported goods.”
Members of The Commercial Church Faming Group (TCCFG) were on hand at the Zest Festival to
demonstrate to members of the public how to use the kits.
The giveaway was ADO’s most recent, with the organization having also handed out 50 kits last week at
Campbell Shipping, which were purchased as a Christmas gift to their staff. The company also donated
$6,000 to ADO.
The backyard farming initiative is part of a larger effort by ADO, in partnership with TCCFG, to support
agricultural development for greater food independence.
With the cost of living and inflation continuing to be a major issue for many Bahamian families, Smith
said he is hopeful that the organization can help to provide a stable and sustainable local food
production industry.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and the food shortages and inflation that has followed has emphasized that as
a country, we need be able to feed ourselves,” he said.
“And that’s a key part of our mission here at ADO. We believe that the importance of being able to grow
our own food cannot be emphasized enough and will go a long way towards increasing our resilience as
a nation to global economic shocks.”
In a country where nearly 90 percent of the food consumed is imported, food security has been at the
forefront of national discussion in recent years, with crisis after crisis highlighting the urgent need to
reduce The Bahamas’ annual food import bill of more than $1 billion.
Both governing parties have called for a greater focus on increasing food production in The Bahamas in
an effort to move towards greater food independence.
Launched in February, ADO has already become a driving force in that effort, committed to working with
the government and various sectors of society to support agricultural development.
In recognition of Giving Tuesday, which takes place tomorrow, ADO is seeking the public’s help in raising
funds to be able to continue its work of empowering Bahamians to grow their own food in an effort to
increase the country’s food security.
Those interested in donating to ADO’s cause find more information on how to do that at
https://adobahamas.org/donations-page.