St. Andrew\'s Progressive Farmer Association (NGO)
Germaine\'s Plant Sanctuary (small business)
Grenada Rural Women Producers (NGO)
Neanganfioux Organic Farm (small business)
The Goat Dairy (NGO)
Belmont Estate (private sector)
Grenada Education and Development Organization, GRENED (NGO)
St. Patrick's Environmental Community Tourism Organization, SPECTO (NGO)
The Grenada Choclate Factory (small business)
The Zero Hunger Project (Government)
The Ministry of Agriculture / Environment (Government)
Objective & Description
This partnership that promotes sustainability has been on-going since 2003. It went into dormancy for some time but has been revived in 2014 and has been expanded with new partners.
The principal goal is to assist participating rural business, organizations and groups, with ways and means to earn income and increase wealth (assets) through expanding overall sustainability in and for Grenada. We believe we can be part of the global movement to increase the national economic pie while reducing poverty, destruction and ignorance and enhancing the environment. Grenada is small enocuh (110,000 persons and 344 square miles and 8 small islands) that we think this can be achieved in the not too distant future.
In hosting the monthly Night Market, so far, the network of rural economic and social actors, draws a few hundred persons who seek out a novel, fun, interactive event, at which they encounter new ideas, products and persons focused on Grenada's sustainable development.
In practical terms, many seek out healthy and traditional foods, fruits, plants, cultural items and artifacts and information. The take pride and ownership in seeing the development of something new that is good and belongs to the community.
The Network puts on sale, food products from the manioc / cassava, that is a farine quiche, using local fish, sea eggs and callalloo, all locally grown / managed. Also bamboo brooms and also ones made from coconut fibre. Sea and ocean products and education about the same is also provided and high quality goat dairy products, including a goat cheese.
The rural sustainable development fair also features education / information. For example on disaster management / hurricane watch; on the student development and scholarships programme and on climate change adaptation.
Finally, the partnership hosts this event in order to provide positive, stimulating family entertainment in a region often bereft of same. Thus there are animals on display, lots of local foods, books, art exhibition poetry reading and live music from local musicians.
The Partnership brings together a rural based leadership for sustainable development, to better coordinate, scale up and demonstrate community-based national initiatives for long-term sustainability. The Network set out to raise greater awareness around process and products that are sustainable thus creating new opportunities, including jobs and wealth creation, especially for small/micro businesses in the community.
Ultimately we intend to vastly expand green initiatives as significant contributors to the reduction of economic vulnerability of Grenada's small/medium rural producers and service providers; and contribute to the national wealth as well as improved education and health as bases for long-term sustainable growth in and for Grenada. We intend the success of this to be a model of island sustainability that focused on people themselves as leaders and beneficiaries of sustainable development.
Governance & Coordination Mechanisms
The leadership is in constant dialogue and communication as we are in the same region and similar and overlapping areas of work: food, geo-tourism, education, farming, etc.
Decisions are taken at weekly meetings where from among those present, a majority agrees; if the decision taken is signifcant, we return to the same topic at a second meetings so as to secure a broader and deeper consensus.
Publishing the results of surveys is another way we plan to be accountable and transparent.
The monthly sessions are reported in the media as another strategy for accountability.
To date the Rainbow Inn management has served as the coordinating body.
Going forward, the Sustainable Farmers Night Market Network needs:
1. a part-time administrator who will plan, schedule and manage the process and activities associated with the initiative.
2. to maintain a continuous process of documentation, monitoring and measuring outputs and outcomes: attendance, sales, public participation and awareness, change toward sustaibility (knowledge, practices, outcomes), numbers, valuing, etc) and attitudes We intend to use a base line survey, intermittent surveying, community filming and other participatory methodologies.
3. A medium-term goal for the network is to establish a physical green infrastructure as a Center for Sustainability in order to house and showcase sustainable efforts in Grenada and around the world of SIDS and beyond. IT will serve to educate locally, visiting researchers, scientists and , tourists.
Arrangements for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer
Training is needed across the board in worldview as well as economic processes and social behaviour of Network participants;
Our vision is to make a success of the capacity in the St. Andrew\'s region, of spreading the local flow of moeny and the consumption of locally grown and manufacrured, with the expectation that it would spread across Grenada.
Capacity building workshop, demonstrations and volunteer opportunities at the Night Market themselves are planned. This would involve more local community groups, especially of youth and those embracing the creative industries in food, craft, music, coastal and environmental management and natural resource and biodiversity promotions. Many other groups have yet to be part of the Network, including women and men involved in locally produced high quality products with actual or potential for low carbon and high value contribution. Workshops and other outrech will be directed at them.
Out technology transfer would be focused on:
Organic farming methods
Green energy infusion in the full range of productive and distributive activities: solar, wind, geothermal.
Water management system: harnessing and increasing usage of more rain-water , flood-prevention and clean water maintainance and recycling.
Social media use (scaling up): to showcase our efforts in Grenada as a SIDS leader , ‚ÄúIsland of Sustainability‚ÄĚ and learn from other SIDS, others.