Reawaken the hands-on joy of farming while making The Bahamas a more food-secure nation to reduce hunger and help create a healthier population by growing what we eat and eating what we grow.
ADO is a registered non-government, non-profit organization under the laws of the Government of The Bahamas.
It was founded in 2022 by Philip Smith, a former businessman, certified accountant, successful real estate developer who turned his attention to the fight against hunger.
For the last decade, Philip was the executive director of the Bahamas Feeding Network, which has provided more than one million hot meals and currently works through a network of more than 120 soup kitchens and feeding centres throughout New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma.
ADO works with a staff of four in a rented office inside the Churches of God of Assembly in Nassau, Bahamas.
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Growing a Food-Secure Bahamas
Here at The Agriculture Development Organization (ADO), our mission is straightforward: we’re on a quest to rekindle the joy of farming with a hands-on approach, transforming The Bahamas into a more food-secure nation.
We’re all about taking big strides to reduce hunger, boost the health of our people, and create a strong, self-reliant food ecosystem. How do we do it? By championing a simple yet powerful concept: “grow what we eat and eat what we grow.” This is more than just a catchy phrase. It’s our guiding principle, rooted in the belief that reconnecting with the origins of our food is key to a brighter, healthier future.
By fostering a deep connection between Bahamians and our food sources, we can help wipe out the hunger that impacts tens of thousands of lives on a daily basis. We know we can do this by bringing farming back into our daily lives, we can revitalize the joy and appreciation of producing our own sustenance. This isn’t just about food; it’s about empowering communities to grow their own, promoting self-sufficiency, and reducing our dependence on imported goods.
Through partnerships, collaborations, and the unwavering support of our team, we’ve made incredible strides. We are helping to create and sustain through field officers and mentors farms at every level – backyard, school, church and community and eventually commercial. We are already well on our way to meeting our ambitious goal is to create 10,000 backyard farms. Together with established churches within the Church Commercial Farming Group, we’re breathing new life into a project that began several years ago.
Join us on the ADO journey to transform The Bahamas into a self-reliant, food-secure nation. Together, we can turn the vision of “grow what we eat and eat what we grow” into a thriving, healthier reality for all.