Energy is central to powering our economies to empowering women, from alleviating poverty, to stopping climate change. Together, we can address these challenges by increasing energy access for billions while also building an infrastructure that is more efficient and sustainable.
On Tuesday, 31st July 2012, the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM) in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a Public-Private Dialogue Forum as a part of Jamaica's participation in the UN Secretary General's Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All). The objective of the event is to mobilize the support of the private sector and civil society in achieving the Government of Jamaica's commitment to provide cost effective sustainable energy services to all citizens in line with the National Development plan Vision 2030 Jamaica as well as the goals of SE4All.
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.