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February 12, 2014
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Rocky Point gets new market

The Clarendon community of Rocky Point is the beneficiary of a new market that has also brought them improved sanitation, food safety and environmental management.

The market project was funded jointly by the Government of Jamaica and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) through the Basic Needs Trust Fund Programme (BNTF 6) which was implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund.

This project saw the improvement of the market infrastructure, provision of capacity-building training for the community groups and a social-marketing campaign geared towards changing sanitation and environmental practices.

The Rocky Point Market Project is another successful outcome of an expansive programme of market upgrades islandwide which not only improve infrastructure and relocate vendors from the public streets, but also build community capacity to chart their own development and improve awareness of and compliance with international food safety and environmental standards.

The project also facilitated several training sessions relevant to capacity development, including financial and operational management and effective record-keeping, which directly improved the capacity of local groups to manage the market.

Celia Dillon, project manager for the CDB Portfolio which includes BNTF 6 and The Community Investment project, noted that: "Programmes like the Rocky Point Market Improvement Project were bringing practical benefits to Jamaican communities while enhancing relationships between stakeholders and state agencies and building awareness of the responsibility of all to preserve and protect community resources, and, by extension, community livelihood."

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