Red Stripe, the world-famous beer maker, will engage 200 more farmers in cultivating cassava under its Project Grow initiative in Jamaica. The company will add to the already 100 farmers contracted to grow the tuber as a source of raw material to substitute for the imported high-maltose corn syrup used at its Kingston brewery.

These 300 farmers, from Saint Elizabeth, Saint Catherine, Saint Ann, Saint Thomas, Saint Mary, Clarendon, and Manchester parishes, are part of the USAID-funded Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change II (Ja REEACH II) project, implemented by ACDI/VOCA. Ja REEACH II and Red Stripe signed an agreement in July to help farmers improve their practices and boost commercial cassava production.