Agriculture

  • Photo of Boosting cassava production to improve Region’s food security

    Boosting cassava production to improve Region’s food security

        “Cassava is the prioritized commodity for this project, and currently results in a two percent reduction on the food import bill within CARICOM.” Saint Lucia, as one of these CARICOM countries, must continue to contribute to the import bill’s further decline.” – Regional Project Coordinator for the FAO, Vermaran Extavour Minister for Agriculture, Hon Ezechiel Joseph, has voiced continued…

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  • Photo of Coconut industry benefits from CARDI project

    Coconut industry benefits from CARDI project

    Since the implementation of the Caribbean Coconut Industry Development Project two-and-a-half years ago, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has made several strides in improving the local coconut industry through training as well as the establishment of new nurseries among other targeted initiatives. The four-year project was undertaken through a partnership between CARDI and the International Trade Centre (ITC), with…

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  • What does ‘climate-smart agriculture’ really mean? New tool breaks it down

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 14 2017 (IPS) – A Trinidadian scientist has developed a mechanism for determining the degree of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) compliance with respect to projects, processes and products. This comes as global attention is drawn to climate-smart agriculture as one of the approaches to mitigate or adapt to climate change. Steve Maximay says his Climate-Smart Agriculture Compliant…

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  • Photo of Parliamentarians fighting against hunger in Latin America, Caribbean

    Parliamentarians fighting against hunger in Latin America, Caribbean

    Bridgetown, Barbados  – The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean in Barbados, last month hosted parliamentarians from 13CARICOM Member States to address the issues of food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition in the region. Member States represented were: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia,…

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  • CARICOM, UN to strengthen cooperation at New York meeting

    Cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations (UN) System will be further strengthened around several issues including climate change, security, human development, health and education at the Ninth CARICOM-United Nations General Meeting this week. The two-day meeting begins 20 July 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It is happening against the backdrop of a…

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  • Photo of Fisheries Ministers from CRFM Member States meet Friday in Guyana

    Fisheries Ministers from CRFM Member States meet Friday in Guyana

    The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will host the 11th Meeting of its Ministerial Council—the highest ranking decision-making body of the regional fisheries organization—starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana. Ministers who hold the portfolio for fisheries from the 17 Member States of the CRFM, or their appointed delegates, are slated to…

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  • Photo of Strengthening Cooperation – three Caribbean Community Institutions sign MOU

    Strengthening Cooperation – three Caribbean Community Institutions sign MOU

    Three Caribbean Community Institutions, Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) through which to cooperate, coordinate and combine their resources, experience and expertise in the discharge of their obligations to the Community. The signing by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA), and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM),…

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  • Photo of Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety

    Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety

    May 2, 2017 — In an effort to enhance the quality of agricultural produce in the Region, food safety stakeholders convened in Barbados from April 25-26, 2017 to discuss the improvement of plant health in the Region. The two-day consultations, conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services Services (APHIS), and the Greater…

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  • Photo of Policy-makers discuss way forward for Region’s sugar industry

    Policy-makers discuss way forward for Region’s sugar industry

    The ability of sugar industry in the Region to survive after the removal of production quotas in the European Union (EU) on September 30, 2017, will depend on improved competitiveness and pragmatic diversification options, according to a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat official.The end of EU’s quota management for sugar is expected to lead to a fall in prices towards the international sugar price and…

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  • Photo of Sugar Association of the Caribbean convenes: Industry Leaders to  look at future of Sugar with end to EU Market Looming

    Sugar Association of the Caribbean convenes: Industry Leaders to look at future of Sugar with end to EU Market Looming

    JOINT PRESS RELEASE BY SUGAR ASSOCIATION OF THE CARIBBEAN AND THE CARIBBEAN COUNCIL For immediate release 20th March 2017 – 12 noon   (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The EU's quota management for sugar will end on 30 September 2017 and is expected to lead to a fall in prices towards the international sugar price and a…

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