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Agriculture

Agriculture is a major economic sector in the Caribbean.  In CARICOM, it  continues to generate significant income; facilitate food supply and food and nutrition sovereignty; contribute to  physical and  infrastructural development; and reduce poverty and hunger.  It provides significant employment opportunities in a region where high levels of unemployment continue to be a major concern.

Emerging issues in this sector include Protected Agriculture, Herbals, Organic Agriculture and Agro-energy. Organic Agriculture and Agro-energy  - the last  seeks to generate and validate technologies that facilitate the development of sustainable and competitive industries. Research and development interventions are mainly focused... Read more

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Agriculture Policy Programme has delivered significantly – CARICOM DSG

Posted: 24 November 2016 - Press Releases
 The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is pleased with the progress on the Agriculture Policy Programme (APP) which it said has delivered significantly to the Region’s
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Belize’s Private Sector and Agricultural Producers Get More CSME-Aware

Posted: 21 November 2016 - Press Releases
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat presses ahead with its public education drive to ensure that vital sectors know about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and its significant
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CARICOM’s ‘political will’ to move agriculture forward impresses Pacific Islands

Posted: 04 November 2016 - Regional News
by Kenton ChanceGEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) may have made more progress in its agricultural sector than it realised, an official from the Pacific said, as
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Needed: Regional strategic plan for agriculture

Posted: 28 October 2016 - Press Releases
While work has been done to articulate the vision for agriculture in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a senior CARICOM Secretariat officials wants the Region to develop a regional strategic plan
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Special COTED to focus on agri investment, trade, help for Haiti

Posted: 28 October 2016 - Press Releases
Technical officials in the agriculture sector on Tuesday morning began preparatory discussions ahead of the Special Ministerial Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in
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CARICOM urged to ‘take a big view of agriculture’

Posted: 27 October 2016 - Press Releases
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Oct. 27, 2016 – Stakeholders in the regional agricultural sector have been urged to take “a big view of agriculture” as Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
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Caribbean Fisheries Ministers meeting in Cayman Islands

Posted: 27 October 2016 - Regional News
The Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the top policy and decision-making arm of the CARICOM agency, is meeting today in Grand Cayman for its 6th
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No shortage of coconuts, as Caribbean coconut water increases- CARDI boss

Posted: 27 October 2016 - Regional News
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Demerara Waves – As the demand across the Caribbean grows for bottled coconut water, the Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development
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Role for public, private sectors in agriculture sector development

Posted: 26 October 2016 - Press Releases
There are important investment roles for both the public and private sector in the Region’s quest to be competitive, for import substitution, alleviation of food security risks and for
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Jamaica shares experience in reducing food import bill at CWA

Posted: 26 October 2016 - Regional News
GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, (Kenton Chance)  – The head of Jamaica’s largest farmers association says the rest of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) can draw on his country’s
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CARICOM SG tours farm during Caribbean Week of Agriculture

Posted: 25 October 2016 - Regional News
CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (3rd left) joined the Premier of the Cayman Islands Hon. Alden McLaughlin (2nd right) on a tour of the CARDI (Caribbean Agricultural Research
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Special COTED to focus on agri investment, trade, help for Haiti

Posted: 25 October 2016 - Press Releases
Technical officials in the agriculture sector on Tuesday morning began preparatory discussions ahead of the Special Ministerial Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in
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Investment, partnerships critical to agriculture

Posted: 25 October 2016 - Regional News
Agriculture requires investment for the sector to flourish and be sustained, and policy-makers must create the environment which is attractive to investors. Policies and programmes that
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Youth agri-preneur Graceson John to showcase Big Gs Pepper Sauce at CWA

Posted: 12 October 2016 - Regional News
Caribbean Week of Agriculture will be held in the Cayman Islands 24-28 October 2016. Leading up to this event, we are highlighting ten youngsters who will be participating in a Youth
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Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 in Cayman Islands

Posted: 10 October 2016 - Press Releases
Organisers are putting the final touches on preparations for the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) to be held in the Cayman Islands later this month.The CWA, the Region’s premier
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Youth in Agriculture – Focusing on youth agri-preneurs at CWA 2016

Posted: 10 October 2016 - Press Releases
The Youth and Agriculture Programmes at the CARICOM Secretariat are collaborating to have a Youth Pavillion during the upcoming Caribbean Week of Agriculture in the Cayman Islands,  24-28
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Regional planners, stakeholders meet as Agriculture Policy Programme winds down

Posted: 24 September 2016 - Regional News
Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, September 26-27, 2016 – The Caribbean Action under the Agricultural Policy Programme (APP) is all about working together to strengthen agriculture in the Caribbean. The
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IICA funding to develop Guyana’s Bio-inputs for agri sector

Posted: 11 August 2016 - Regional News
Georgetown, GINA, August 11, 2016Guyana is set to become the first Caribbean country to be a part of the Competitive Fund for Technical Cooperation (FonTc) Bio-inputs Agricultural Project, funded
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Six Caribbean countries receive training on improved breed management and techniques for small ruminants

Posted: 28 July 2016 - Regional News
As a result of the training, farmers from the region will be able to put more money in their pockets and more affordable, local food on the plates of Caribbean residents.Dominican Republic, Santo
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Getting Private Sector and Farming Communities CSME Ready

Posted: 20 July 2016 - Press Releases
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is continuing to ensure that key stakeholders are well informed about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and its significant benefits. On
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Guyana leads CARICOM states in agri produce supply

Posted: 03 July 2016 - Regional News
Guyana scored the highest in consistency of supply of agriculture produce, excellent market locations and market hours, in a recent study that assessed market adequacy for fresh agriculture produce
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Caribbean region must boost efforts to prepare for increased drought – UN report

Posted: 22 June 2016 - Regional News
Climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean, so countries in the region must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other extreme
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CARICOM focuses on disaster risk management in agriculture planning

Posted: 15 June 2016 - Press Releases
Natural hazards such as drought, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods have had devastating impacts on the socioeconomic and environmental landscape of the Caribbean within the last decade. The
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Practical approaches needed to engage youth in agriculture - Trinidad and Tobago Minister

Posted: 10 June 2016 - Press Releases
Young agriculture entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) from across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) were involved in sessions with senior agricultural planners during the week geared at strengthening
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Putting together policy and strategy to work for small and medium agricultural producers

Posted: 07 June 2016 - Regional News
Making policy and planning strategies that are practical, useful and workable was the main objetctive at the Ninth Regional Planners Forum on Agriculture in the Caribbean, currently taking
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Caribbean Community Institution helps deliver climate resilient crops

Posted: 17 May 2016 - Regional News
In plain view of the mountainous terrain of Belize’s most southern district, Toledo, farmers of Trio Village have been facing a changing environment. Ya’Axche Conservation Trust
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Black Sigatoka tolerant bananas harvested in Dominica

Posted: 02 May 2016 - Regional News
The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, has successfully harvested in Dominica types of banana and plantain, which
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Consider key role of aquaculture – Guyana Agriculture Minister

Posted: 08 April 2016 - Regional News
Minister of Agriculture of Guyana, Mr. Noel Holder, wants stakeholders to seriously consider the role aquaculture has to play in the Region’s development, and particularly, its food and
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CRFM, Japan experts discuss impact of fisheries co-management project

Posted: 16 March 2016 - Regional News
Three representatives of the Japan-funded Caribbean Fisheries Co-management Project (CARIFICO) discussed the progress of the multi-million-dollar project with representatives of the Caribbean
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Antibiotics resistance – a growing concern for CARICOM

Posted: 11 March 2016 - Press Releases
Community Institutions issue Joint StatementThe CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) and the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) have expressed concern about the new
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  • Agri-business Strategy: Forging beneficial linkages with other sectors such as tourism continues to be an objective for the sector. The Agri-business Strategy recognises a non-traditional approach to the sector’s development, which reaches beyond the confines of the farm and into the factories, restaurants and hotels. One where the consumer is given a menu of choices that are appropriate to the lifestyles of busy, urban residents who cannot be expected to spend the time on food preparation that their grandparents did; in this vein, CARICOM Ministers endorsed a Plan of Action for Strengthening Regional Agriculture-tourism linkages.
  • A Regional Agricultural Information Platform The role of modern information technologies in supporting all aspects of the sector was also emphasised, and ministers noted the progress to establish a Regional Agricultural Information Platform for the sharing of information among stakeholders in the agro-food sector.  In furtherance of the Regional Food and Nutrition Security Policy and Action Plan  member states have  been preparing their national food and nutrition security actions plans, with the assistance of  the Food and Agriculture Organsation.
  • Regional Market Information and Intelligence System: The establishment of a Regional Market Information and Intelligence System for agricultural products has been on the Agenda for some time, and with the coming on stream of the Intra-ACP Agricultural Policy Programme, steps have already been taken to put such a system in place. The system will build on the work already done at the national level in some Member States. In addition, a Regional Agricultural Statistics Database will be created to bring together all the key statistics on the sector, thereby facilitating better access by producers and policy makers.
  • Eliminating  trade barriers: A project is currently being implemented aimed at eliminating the remaining barriers to trade in agricultural products and will focus on identifying measures such as non-conforming “sanitary and phytosanitary” regulations and import licencing controls, while instituting programmes for their removal. This will ensure, for example, that a food processor in any one Member State will be better able to access inputs from any other Member State without hindrance, and as a result, be able to forge stronger on-going linkages with primary producers in the rest of CARICOM.
  • Regional value chains: There is also a renewed regional focus on strengthening regional value chains built on specific priority products. Currently, regional programmes are being implemented for root and tuber crops (especially cassava and sweet potatoes), herbs and spices (in particular hot peppers) and small ruminants (sheep and goats). These projects recognize the need to integrate production, processing, marketing, and other down-stream activities into commercially viable and sustainable arrangements within which information (e.g. quantities and grades required) is effectively transmitted to the various points of the networks, resulting in more predictable outcomes.
  • Caribbean Week of Agriculture - The Caribbean Week of Agriculture CWA), the premier agricultural event on the Region's calendar, brings together stakeholders for a week of activities to promote agriculture and agri-industry via policy dialoguing, learning sessions, and an exhibition showcasing the fruits of the sector.