WHAT IS REAP?
REAP is a proven, practical youth development program which promotes environmental awareness and protection. REAP inspires youth to be engaged in organic farming, agro-processing and agri-enterprise and ignites interest in careers in the agricultural and environmental fields. REAP transforms traditional classes into living, learning labs that marry theory and practice in unique ways.
HOW DID WE DEVELOP REAP?
After years of working in conjunction with the Barbados Youth Development Programme to inspire youth to be excited about environmental protection, sustainable agriculture and business, REAP was developed through funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. REAP is the evolution of the “Garden Project” which started in 2010.
Soil testing: What are the soil properties like before and after REAP?
Organic Farming: How does organic farming impact soil and the environment?
'Agri-preneurship': How can youth turn “green” to “gold”?
Agri-Careers: What careers are there in the agricultural and the environmental fields?
Market Day: Participants connect and sell produce, products and food to public.
REAP Barbados seeks to contribute to the UNDP’s Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme’s (GGEF SGP) objectives of: environmental sustainability; poverty alleviation; and community empowerment. The goals of REAP Barbados are:
Increased interest in environmental protection and organic agriculture among youth.
Increased use of organic and environmentally-friendly farming techniques.
Increased knowledge of careers in agriculture and the environment and related fields.
Increased knowledge and practice of sustainable consumption patterns among youth.
Increased capacity of stakeholders to sustain the programme after the project has ended.
REAP BARBADOS' OBJECTIVES ARE TO:
- Engage school aged youth across Barbados in practical learning about environmental protection and organic agriculture: a minimum of approximately 110 youth at the secondary level and approximately 330 at the primary level.
- Engage school aged youth across Barbados in exploring careers in agriculture and the environment and related fields: a minimum of approximately 110 youth at the secondary level and approximately 330 at the primary level.
- Engage school aged youth across Barbados in sustainable consumption by eating what they grow in various meals/products. a minimum of approximately 110 youth at the secondary level and approximately 330 at the primary level.
- Implement at least 3 capacity-building workshops for BAPPSS, EYES and stakeholders to sustain the programme after the project has ended.
WHERE CAN YOU IMPLEMENT REAP?
REAP can be implemented by any organisation that works with youth. These include Primary & Secondary Schools, Community Groups, Churches and more.