About REDI

 On September 3, 2009 the World Bank Board gave its approval for a US$15 million loan to fund the Implementation Phase of the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) project. Subsequent to this approval, the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank and the  Jamaica Social Investment Fund signed the Project and Loan Agreements on November 2, 2009 in Washington D.C.

The REDI project, which began in January 2010, aimed to improve market access for micro and small-scale rural agricultural producers and tourism projects. The overall objective of REDI was intended to reduce rural poverty; by increasing the earning potential of rural communities. This was facilitated specifically through the enhancement and development of agricultural supply chain linkages and community based tourism initiatives. The REDI project was successfully concluded on July 27,2017.
REDI was divided into Preparation and Implementation Phases. The  Preparation Phase of the project was funded by a grant of US$500,000 from the Japanese Policy and Human Resource Development (PHRD) Fund. Activities  conducted during this phase included:
  • Assessment of community based tourism projects in pre-selected parishes
  • Supply analysis of selected crops in St. Elizabeth, St. Ann and St. James
  • Market Analysis to understand the nature, volume and trends of agri-food demand in Jamaica
  • Feasibility study of pilot community sub-projects that have the potential to be financed and scaled up under the implementation phase of the second National Community Development Project.
  • Development of a Social and Environmental safeguards manual