The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : International : Caribbean News Last Updated: May 7, 2015 - 7:57:38 AM


Caribbean Week of Agriculture - a format for other regions‏
Oct 26, 2013 - 9:01:46 AM

Email this article
 Mobile friendly page
New_Picture__114_.jpg

Other regions could duplicate CWA format – CTA Director

Due to its success formula, other regions in the developing world - especially the Pacific region - could duplicate the format of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA), which brings key stakeholders in the agricultural sector and policy makers together to discuss problems and find solutions.

Michael Hailu, Director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation said, “I think this is the only region where there is a specific week every year dealing with agriculture. So we want to encourage other regions to do the same.” He further added that two Ministers of Agriculture from the Pacific islands (Samoa and Tonga) participated in this year’s CWA activities, “We wanted them to come here and see what is happening so that they can probably do the same back in their region, in the Pacific”, said Hailu.

Samoa Associate Minister of Agriculture, the honourable Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell has praised the organisers of the CWA calling the event, “a great opportunity for everyone to come together to discuss regional policy in the interest of the people in the Caribbean.” Tonga Minister of Agriculture, The Honourable Sione Sangster Saulala said he intends on collaborating with Samoa and Fiji and other islands in the Pacific to have an event as the CWA and will call on CTA to assist with process.

In previous CWAs, the CTA has supported the participation of agricultural technocrats and farmers from Africa to be part of the event.

Mr Hailu said that over the years, the event gives stakeholders the opportunity to have dialogue on the challenges affecting the agricultural sector, thus enabling it to become more relevant and competitive. CWA has been recognised as a facility to place agriculture and rural life in a prominent position, so key public and private sector decision makers can better acknowledge the strategic importance of the sector to economic, social and environmental stability.

Activities generally include policy development meetings, workshops, trade expo, media activities, farmers’ meeting, and a host of other agricultural discussions which fosters collaboration among the stakeholders.

CWA has contributed positively to the advancement of the agricultural sector in the Caribbean and CTA remains committed to support this event. The CTA has supported various activities including workshops on key issues for the Caribbean: food and nutrition security, fisheries governance, climate change and plant protection, coconut industry, ICTs in value chains, youth in value chains, women in business, and media and agriculture.

The dialogues during CWA present stakeholders with an opportunity to develop policy recommendations and report to the Alliance for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and the Rural Milieu (The Alliance) and the Ministers for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Agriculture for the design and implementation of policies, strategies and plans that will advance food and nutritional security and sustainable agriculture development in the Caribbean.

CWA is held every year under the auspices of the Alliance, with the major collaborators being the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the CARICOM Secretariat, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA).


Bookmark and Share


© Copyright 2013 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Receive our Top Stories



Preview | Powered by CommandBlast

Caribbean News
Latest Headlines
The Caribbean Future Forum brings together young thinkers and senior UN officials as a new wave of on-line discussions gets underway
A New Home for the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean
Quotable Caribbean: Kwayera Archer Cunningham, Usain Bolt, Asot Michael, and more...
New Director appointed to the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean‏
Consultant Calls on Caribbean to Tap Into "Volunteerism"
Haiti to host 12th edition of CARIFESTA, the Caribbean Festival of Arts, August 21 - 30
Caribbean Seeks to Provide Additional Support to Existing Investors
Quotable Caribbean: Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, Andrew Holness, Petra Roach, and more...
Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue Co-Chairs Announced
Kareem Mortimer and CARGO included at first Caribbean Film Mart
COB Students Celebrate 3rd Place Finish in Caribbean Students Colloquium
PAHO/WHO Director Encourages Strong Action To Advance Health For All
Joint Communiqué - 3rd Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council
Quotable Caribbean: Perry Christie, Paul Pennicook, Moses Kirkconnell and more...
CARICOM Leaders Served Cassava-Based Dishes at CARICOM Heads of Government Summit
Miya signs water efficiency project estimated at $42.5M in Jamaica
Quotable Caribbean: Karen Whitt, Frank Comito, Bonita Morgan, and more...
Changing the International Perception of the Caribbean from Tourism
Fisher lady of Punta Gorda, recognized as CRFM Fisher of the Year
WHO validates Cuba’s elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis
Diverse language skills needed for Caribbean tourism growth
Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference
CARICOM appeals to Dominican Republic to halt expulsions
CARICOM leaders' Commonwealth divide
Solidifying the Caribbean as a serious trade contender
Melanius Alphonse: Cuba on the cusp of hope and fear
47th Association of Caribbean Historians Conference Explores Reparations, Race, Health
New ILO Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean
Caribbean Employers’ Confederation and Caribbean Congress of Labour sign MOU in Brussels‏
Quotable Caribbean: Dr. Devi Shetty, Usain Bolt, Freundel Stuart, and more...
One Caribbean Television celebrates Caribbean-American Heritage Month
Caribbean Fisheries Ministers Ink Regional Spiny Lobster Declaration
First journal of Human Communication Studies in the English-speaking Caribbean launched
Michael Misick and defendants on the Privy Council Appeal dismissal
High-level meeting of Caribbean Fisheries Ministers to be held in Grenada
Talking about a revolution, UWI sees change in the future of the Caribbean
Health City Performs Caribbean’s First Ever LVAD Heart Surgery
Haiti to welcome Carifesta in August 2015
Caribbean Needs ‘New Development Vision’, Mia Mottley Tells EU-CARIFORUM
The Caribbean needs radical thinking and bold actions