For over 30 years the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has been steadfast in providing sterling contributions to the growth and development of the agricultural sector of Member Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The Heads of Governments of CARICOM in 1975 established CARDI to serve the agricultural research and development needs of the 12 Member Countries within CARICOM.
The Institute is positioned to enhance the socio-economic well-being of the Caribbean people through research that improves the competitiveness and sustainability of regional agriculture. Its mandate includes providing and extending the application of new technologies in production, processing, storage and distribution of agricultural products in the Region.
In this context, CARDI as the only regional agricultural institution identified in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas has a critical role to play in the implementation and co-ordination of key Technology and Information Systems (TIS). CARDI, through national consultations in Member Countries is impacting on the regional food basket through commodity programmes small ruminants, sweet potato, and other root crops, cereals and grain legumes, hot peppers and fruits and vegetables.