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Caribbean Week of Agriculture to celebrate youth and gender

11th Caribbean Week of Agriculture, Antigua and Barbuda, 12 -20 October 2012

November 5, 2012

Celebrating youth and gender in Caribbean agriculture under the theme "Each endeavouring, all achieving," will be the main focus of the 11th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) to be held in Antigua and Barbuda during 12 -20 October 2012. The CWA is unique not only in the Caribbean but also in other ACP regions, as it provides a regular space for dialogue between the agricultural community and the highest level of policy representatives from across the region.

As the flagship agricultural annual event in the Caribbean, the CWA brings all major stakeholders and decision-makers in policy and practice to analyse and discuss the region's most pressing issues in agricultural development. Inputs to the dialogue originate from stakeholders and technical workshops. The event was first inaugurated by Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in 1998. Since 2003, CTA has been a major partner and sponsor of CWA activities.

At CWA 2012, CTA and partners will organise and manage workshops whose results will inform policy dialogues during and after the event. As part of these activities, CTA will contribute to knowledge sharing and policy dialogue on youth and rural modernisation - one of the emerging pillars of the Caribbean Common Agricultural Policy.

In addition, CTA will co-organise a consultation on ICTs and value chains. CTA will also support a workshop on the development of regional policies for climate smart agriculture in the Caribbean and this event, and other key events, will be will used to facilitate knowledge sharing between the ACP regions. A media science workshop will be another key activity supported by CTA.A CTA's Delegation, headed by Mr Michael Hailu, Director, will participate in the week's activities.

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