Donkey with panniers containing coffee cherries in the North Clarendon area. - - North Clarendon Rural Development. Judged by the criterion of economic growth, Jamaica is well on the road to prosperity, but the country has economic problems as acute and intractable as any other developing nation. Expansion is taking place in three main areas: mining, tourism and manufacturing. But growth in these areas has done little to alleviate the problem of unemployment, and nothing to affect the problems of agricultural stagnation and lack of educational opportunity. A high proportion of rural youth, repelled by the back-breaking labour demanded by traditional agricultural methods, and the lack of social amenities, drift to the shanty towns around Kingston or Montenegro Bay where unemployment is rife. In 1967 the Jamaican Agricultural Society called a meeting of farmers in the North Clarendon area - a region of some 23,000 acres of which less than 7,000 were under cultivation. From this meeting sprang a new government-assisted project - the North Clarendon Development Area, also known as "Operation Self-Help" in which 13,000 people are being rehabilitated, largely through improved agricultural practices and an integrated approach. Much needed outside help is being sought for the project through the FAO/FFH/Action for Development to make possible the provision of two tractors, a Land Rover, home economics equipment and audio-visual equipment.