Stories written by Zadie Neufville
Zadie Neufville is a Jamaican-born journalist, communications and ICT specialist with more than 20 years of experience. She is a specialist writer on development issues, primarily agriculture, women, health and the environment. Zadie’s experience includes TV production, scriptwriting; as a print and radio reporter, sub-editor, magazine editor and lecturer/trainer. Zadie also specialises in media and consumer product development and is one of the principals in AhYaad Communications, a full service company offering services in all areas of development communication. Zadie currently works as an ICT Specialist combining new and traditional media technologies in the delivery of communication and public awareness solutions. | Web

JAMAICA: Wanted: Light-Skinned Only, Please

Revelations that proprietors are requesting light-skinned workers from a government training institution is putting a new spin on Jamaica's so-called obsession with skin bleaching.

Kadian Edwards and Lucille Taylor meet to teach each other new stitches, and discuss marketing and other plans. Credit: Zadie Neufville/IPS

JAMAICA: Women Coffee Farmers Seize a Plastic Lifeline

Jamaica's Blue Mountains are coffee country. Here, up among the clouds, farmers produce one of the world's most exclusive brands of boutique coffees.

JAMAICA: Impunity Cloaks Abuse of Young Girls

When a jury acquitted a Jamaican-born American pastor of carnal abuse charges in June, outraged islanders were forced to recognise that cultural norms seem to be promoting the sexual abuse of young girls.

Jamaica Moves to Slash Hefty Food Import Bill

Behind the rusting zinc sheets covering the gates to his inner-city home, Norman Hamilton is one of the army of backyard gardeners who have been called to action in Jamaica's latest efforts to improve food security.

Jamaican-made Island Cruisers are loaded onto a ship bound for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Credit: Zadie Neufville/IPS

JAMAICA: Dying Manufacturing Sector Seeks Govt Cure

For close to 10 years, Patrick Marzouca has just managed to keep his tiny car factory afloat in a rapidly declining productive sector.

The breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) from which Dr. Lawrence Williams and his research partner isolated a compound for treatment of hypertension. Credit: Zadie Neufville/IPS

JAMAICA: Priceless Native Plants Vanishing in the Wind

The recent successes of local medicinal researchers have turned the spotlight on local laws that fail to protect Jamaica's rich biological diversity.

The refurbished Tere Yam community shelter in Riviere Cyrique, Dominica is a multi-use facility serving 595 villagers. Credit: Joan Joyce/IPS

CARIBBEAN: Adapting to Disaster as the New Normal

Residents in the communities around Trinityville in the eastern parish of St. Thomas, Jamaica are used to being stranded for several days at a time.

JAMAICA: Trading Ecology for a Highway

A construction project in Kingston's protected Palisadoes wetlands is pitting Jamaican environmentalists against the government in a showdown activists say will end up in the courts.

Lionfish specimen in Jamaican waters.  Credit: Dayne Budoo/IPS

JAMAICA: Invasive Lionfish Go From Predator to Prey

Anxious to prevent the collapse of Jamaica's overexploited marine fisheries, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is promoting the consumption of lionfish to control its burgeoning population. At risk officials say, are the nation's marine biodiversity, its food security and economic well- being.

JAMAICA: Broadcast Ban Forces Cleanup of “Murder Music”

A government-led crackdown on violent and explicit sexual lyrics seems to have stalled reggae music's 20-year slide into what has been dubbed "murder music".

Sistren's actors staged a play on abortion before parliamentarians. Credit: Sistren

JAMAICA: For an Abortion Law That Reaches the Poor

When a Jamaican women’s group Sistren realised the voices of poor women were missing in a national debate on abortion rights, they boldly staged a play before parliamentarians reviewing a draft law that seeks to clarify when abortion can be deemed legal.

RIGHTS-JAMAICA: Spat Escalates Over Anti-Gay Lyrics

Under pressure from gay rights groups and a sponsorship boycott of live dancehall shows by local beer giant Red Stripe, some Jamaican dancehall stars are offering free performances to events at which no Red Stripe products are sold or consumed.

RIGHTS-JAMAICA: Gov’t May Repeal Anti-Gay Laws

In a desperate bid to limit the spread of HIV/AIDS, the Jamaican government is preparing to hear arguments for and against existing legislation outlawing homosexuality and prostitution.

/ARTS WEEKLY/MUSIC: Jamaican Business Joins Chorus Against Anti-Gay Songs

Jamaica is preparing itself for what many people believe could be economic fallout from the decade-long battle between gay rights groups and the local entertainment industry.

GLOBALISATION: Dairy Farmers Pit ‘Jamaica Hope’ Against Subsidies

Aubrey Taylor's dairy farm has made him all-island Champion Farmer many years running, but these days he struggles to stay in business.

HEALTH: Jamaica Reaches Out to AIDS Orphans

At a time when most six-year-olds were enjoying a carefree life, Gary was the sole care-giver for a mother stricken by AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

CARIBBEAN: Public Doubt Grows as Disaster Predictions Improve

When Hurricane Gilbert made landfall in Jamaica on Sep. 11, 1988, Annmarie Morris was returning home from the shops. Until then she, like many of her friends, was doubtful the storm would ever come.

RIGHTS-JAMAICA: Groups Applaud Police Charges

Human rights groups are applauding a Jamaican official for charging police officers involved in the killings of seven men more than two years ago, but point to a long list of incidents that still need to be investigated.

RIGHTS: Violence Forces Gay Jamaican Men to Seek Asylum Overseas

When the United Kingdom (UK) granted asylum to three Jamaican men last month, it once again shone the international spotlight on the severe homophobia that have cost many here their homes, their jobs and even their lives.

RIGHTS: Violence Forces Gay Jamaican Men to Seek Asylum Overseas

When the United Kingdom (UK) granted asylum to three Jamaican men last month, it once again shone the international spotlight on the severe homophobia that have cost many here their homes, their jobs and even their lives.

JAMAICA: Tourist Sector Braces for Fallout from U.S. Sniper Trial

As U.S. officials prepare to bring sniper suspects John Lee Malvo and John Allen Mohamed to trial, the Jamaican tourism sector is bracing itself for the fallout from the negative publicity surrounding a native son.

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