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On September 17, 2012, in response to a call out, I was moved to do my part to support a particular development project in my homeland Grenada.  The project known as the Grenada Goat Diary project, was an agricultural project aimed at creating sustainable farming practices within the goat farming industry on the island. Through a breeding programme, goats from good milking stock are provided at an affordable cost to farmers and families. They also consult, provide educational opportunities and advocate for further support for rural small farmers and youth, who are their main stakeholders. As a firm supporter of sustainable development initiatives involving youth and utilizing modern technology, their project and subsequent use of crowdfunding to raise funds garnered my support and I wrote an article on another of my blogs, titled: The Grenada Goat Diary Project ~ Implications for economic development.

Today I am reposting, spurred in part by an article titled: Kickstarting the Goat Dairy in Grenada which appeared in the guardian this weekend, but also of a desire to see our Caribbean governments as well as our private sector create and support more initiatives such as this. Your thoughts as always is appreciated.

Cheers,

Trisha M.

The Grenada Goat Diary Project ~ Implications for economic development

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It is often said that there are two kinds of people, those who sit and complain there are problems and those who identify problems and seek out solutions. Well I am here to bring your attention to young lady who fits the latter category. Introducing Ms. MALAIKA BROOKS-SMITH-LOWE. You may remember her as our ‘Made in Grenada’ personality of April 2012. Through her work in film, photography and sustainable agriculture, Malaika produced a short film entitled ‘Food for thought’, a call to action about regional food security and the possibilities surrounding, which earned her a 3rd place finish in last year’s Caribbean Science & Agriculture Film Competition.

Well this young lady is at it again, inspiring and motivating through her role as Director of Public Relations & Community Outreach at ‘The Grenada Goat Diary Project’. Established in 2008, The Grenada Goat Dairy Project, Inc. (The Goat Dairy) is led by one of the original founders, Christine A. Curry who developed and managed The Goat Dairy project, an education/demonstration facility under the nonprofit organization, The Grenada Project.Located at the Belmont Estate, The Grenada Goat Dairy Project was established as a business model to showcase and train local farmers with an interest in transitioning to sustainable income-generating production and marketing strategies for goat dairy products in Grenada. The organization distributes dairy products produced at the facility to local restaurants and markets, working towards, not only reducing the carbon footprint associated with imports, but also to support  local farmers by providing proper training to learn about quality goat dairy farming and production.

goats-e1337863933790-550x240The program is currently being expanded to create opportunities for our youth through the development of an educational dairy facility at the St. Patrick’s Anglican Public School. As part of a partnership recently announced with the school, plans are afoot to construct a fully functioning goat farm, complete with barn and milk production capacity which will include training and support for students and staff by the Goat Diary staff.

A facility such as this has the potential to offer numerous avenues for learning in both traditional and non-traditional sectors. Through its execution, students and staff alike will be afforded the opportunity to learn sustainable and responsible business practices in agriculture, while at the same time becoming intimately exposed to the structures and operations of non-profit organizations, particularly one with international connections.

I firmly believe that if this project were to succeed it would serve as a blueprint for how synergies can be created and how resources can be shared been local and diaspora non-profit organizations to achieve development objectives.

Now this is where you come in; Ooops not just you, but me, we, us, locals and members of the diaspora alike. The proposed expansion will cost an estimated $55,000 USD, this funding will provide both building materials and associated equipment, educational materials and seed money for the facility at the St. Patrick’s Anglican Public School which is where the project will be housed.

This article first appeared here: http://mzspiceproductions.com/2012/09/17/the-grenada-goat-diary-project-implications-for-economic-development/
 
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