Background: Jamaican Women Worst Hit by Livestock and Crop Theft in Pandemic

The theft of livestock, crops and farming equipment - known as praedial larceny - is on the rise in Jamaica, say farmers and police, as the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic pushes criminals to find new ways to fund their illegal activities.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Early each morning, Pamelita Dann arrives at her farm in eastern Jamaica hoping thieves have not stolen any of her crops. She carefully checks the onions, watermelon and papayas - more often than not, something has been snatched overnight.

Over the 14 years Dann has been cultivating her 2-acre (0.8-hectare) plot in Poor Man’s Corner, a rural community an hour east of the capital, Kingston, the 60-year-old farmer has had about US$3,500 (R$19,500) worth of crops, fertilizer and tools stolen.

“It happens every other day. As long . . .

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