Jamaica - REEACH


Project Title: 
Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (JA REEACH) formerly Marketing Agriculture for Jamaican Improved Competitiveness (MAJIC)

Project Overview:
Country: Jamaica
Duration: 2010 - 2014


At the beginning of FY 2013 (October 2012), the cooperative agreement’s program description was revised in response to USAID/Jamaica’s request for an amendment of MAJIC’s program focus to meet USAID Global Climate Change Adaptation (GCC-AD) and Higher Education (HE) requirements.   This revision resulted in a name change for the project, from MAJIC to the Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (Ja REEACH) project, and an extension of the project’s end date to September 2014.  The Ja REEACH project goal is “to protect rural lives, livelihoods and ecosystems in targeted Jamaican communities affected by climate change through interventions that drive adaptation and build resilience.” 

Program Targets:
The Ja REEACH activities are organized into two objectives, and implemented through three components.

  • Objective 1 – Improve the adaptive actions of Jamaican partners and institutions to promote livelihoods and natural systems that are resilient to climate change and its impacts
    • Component 1 - Systems and Strategies to Protect Lives and Livelihoods Adopted
    • Component 3 - Systems and Strategies to Protect Targeted Ecosystems Adopted
  • Objective 2 – Strengthen local and national institutions needed to support the processes of adaptation and sustainability
    • Component 2 - Institutional Strengthening, Capacity Building and Coordination for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Building.

Through Ja REEACH, ACDI/VOCA will continue employing holistic, coordinated efforts that engage all stakeholders in interventions that will increase their ability to handle the consequences of climate change while improving the quality of the resources on which economic and social activities depend. Under the three components Ja REEACH will implement a range of activities that generate results under the draft USAID development objective – Vulnerability of Targeted Livelihoods and Ecosystems to the Impacts of Global Climate Change Reduced.  Planned activities will focus on improving the adaptive capacity of select Jamaican partners and beneficiaries; ensuring that both livelihoods and natural resources are resilient to the increasingly frequent weather related events (storms, drought and flooding) exacerbated by climate change.  Broad areas of focus include training and awareness building to drive adaptation actions (AA), capacity building support to advance resilience building actions and build adaptive capacity (AC), supporting investigations in the use of climate and weather information for decision making and piloting AAs that address climate change driven biophysical hazards and protect livelihoods and ecosystem functions.

Issuing Country 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 4:30pm

Last updated: September 04, 2014