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Joy Burke, Howard Simpson and Winston Robinson are among the farmers living in the community of Lititz, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, who must face a very challenging situation every day. Water is a scare resource in the area and the frequent drought affecting this part of the island impacts their lives as they depend on water for irrigating their crops and sustaining the lives of their families.
As a result, rainwater harvesting is of critical importance to the livelihood of the residents. This was soon realized by the Moravian missionaries who embarked on the erection of various catchment tanks in the community in the 1800s for harnessing water for domestic and agricultural purposes. The community of Lititz is still primarily dependant on them; however the catchment tanks have been seriously damaged over time and need to be restored.
These farmers are currently the beneficiaries of a UNDP supported project: The Small-Scale Irrigation System supported by Rainwater Harvesting project. Activities to be undertaken include clearing of site, restoration of the catchment tank to prevent leakages, erection of a small-scale drip system, training of a total of 30 farmers through seminars and on-farm demonstration activities throughout the project period.