Established in 1975, CARDI’s aim is to contribute to agricultural development by conducting research and by exposing farmers and other persons involved in agriculture to appropriate technologies.
In the broad objectives set out in the articles of agreement establishing CARDI, the Institute was charged with providing for the research and development needs of the agriculture of the region as identified in national plans and policies, as well as providing an appropriate research and development service to the agricultural sector of member countries.
Its objectives are:
to provide for the research and development needs of the agriculture of the Region as identified in national plans and policies;
to provide an appropriate research and development service to the agricultural sector of Member States;
to provide and extend the application of new technologies in production, processing, storage and distribution of agricultural products of Member States;
to pursue for specified periods long-term research in pertinent areas;
to provide for the co-ordination and integration of the research and development efforts of Member States where this is possible and desirable
CARDI’s membership comprises all members of the common market as well as associate members of CARICOM. These members provided the funding for the Institute’s core budget according to an agreed formula, while funding for projects came from donor agencies.
The Institute is governed by the Minister of Agriculture from each member state. It also has a board of directors comprising representative of member states, the CARICOM Secretariat, the CDB, the CFC (until 1999), the UWI and the University of Guyana.
The institute has its headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago with branches/units in all member states. It is headed by an executive-director.