Challenges

 

Resource mobilization, volunteerism; market acceptance; responding to technical challenges and visibility will be GOAM’s major challenges.  Not for profit organizations are as a rule not endowed with financial resources and GOAM will be no exception.  GOAM has to depend on the goodness of its strategic partners to provide the financial resources to allow it to grow.  In order to do that, GOAM has to assert itself as an institution that provides social and economic responses as it relates to health, wellness and livelihood.  In addition, volunteerism compounds the financial issue.  The advancement of GOAM’s work has to depend on extremely committed persons that go beyond the call of their regular responsibility.  Incorporating GOAM’s activities with members’ regular duties will be a challenge.

Generally the Grenadian public would prefer to consume foods that are produced without the use of synthetic products – synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.  However, the challenge is getting the general public to pay more for organic products.  Given the down turn of the economy due to the global recession the problem is now compounded because of reduce spending power of consumers.   The opportunity is to teach households how to grow organically produced foods.  Here there is also an opportunity for GOAM to establish strategic partnership with the Ministry of Education in ensuring that all school gardens follow the organic process.

Organic farming presents challenges that are unfamiliar to most of our farmers.   Grenada’s farming system is generally tree crop based and synthetic chemicals are not widespread in that system.  On the other hand vegetable based systems have to respond to many challenges of pest and diseases.   Establishing strategic partnership with other Movements should be an option to consider.

Finally, GOAM as a budding institution has to present itself as a viable option for Grenada.   It therefore must respond to the social, economic, environment and health needs of the Grenadian public.