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The importance of sustainable agriculture in St. Kitts and Nevis

“World hunger went from 1 billion to 800 million [people starving] between 2000 and 2015,” according to Kevin Meehan, a professor at University of Central Florida (UCF) assisting Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) in St. Kitts. He added, “Nearly all of that 20 percent drop was accounted for by small farming.” He helps the CFBC manage sustainable agriculture in St. Kitts and Nevis that is affordable and easily teachable.

Meehan advocates, teaches and generally aids locals on the island, from sharing plant seeds to giving car rides, all while balancing his professorship at UCF in Orlando, Florida. He worked to establish a hydroponic shade house on the CFBC campus, along with seven organic gardens and bucket hydroponics in Nevis.

Many farmers of sustainable agriculture in St. Kitts and Nevis are not convinced hydroponic agriculture is the way to go, despite it being an important addition to the CFBC curriculum in 2014. Many farmers still grow using the plantation, single-crop style.

Dr. Naraine, a colleague of Meehan at CFBC, hopes more farmers will work with the Ministry of Education and help expand the hydroponic plan. Dr. Meehan thinks overhead funding from the top would help get the word out most. “What we need is for government [organizations] to put money into loan/grant programs to encourage everyday people to get into hydroponics.”

Read more at Borgen (Toni Paz)

Publication date: 3/8/2018



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