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CTA at CWA 2014

October 6, 2014

The 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 2014 starts from 6- 12 October 2014 at the Chamber of Commerce in Suriname. As one of the major partner of that event, CTA is participating through several activities. During one week, CTA’s in house experts will deliver keynotes, exchange with Caribbean key actors of agriculture sector and share experiences as well as solutions from the Centre’s perspective. So, as part of CTA’s contribution, activities include seminars, workshops and plenary session will be carried out.

In collaboration with CARDI and FAO, CTA co-organizes a multi stakeholder workshop on “Improving Climate Change Resilience for agriculture in the Caribbean” to improve the engagement of stakeholders in the Caribbean in well-informed and inclusive policy processes on agriculture (fisheries, livestock) and resilience.

“It is necessary to take stock of the evidence about climate change and its impact on Caribbean agriculture including what we know, what we don’t know, emerging issues and partnership arrangement to address climate change in the Caribbean.”, states Oluyede Ajayi, CTA’s expert in climate change. CTA is also sponsoring the participation of 40 farmers, fisher folks, policy makers, parliamentarians, and other stakeholders from the Caribbean at that workshop through support to CARDI.

As a side event of the CWA, CTA is organizing with Anton de Kom University of Suriname and Wageningen University the workshop “Improving Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) Outcomes – What Role for Universities? “. It intends to expose Caribbean university deans and senior lecturers, to the AIFSHE tool and methodology for increasing university engagement, quality and relevance in addressing the FNS challenge. Judith Ann Francis, Senior Programme Coordinator Science & Technologies Policy CTA will deliver a Keynote Address on Food and Nutrition Security highlighting lessons from the Centre’s interventions as well as coordinating plenary session.

CTA has been supporting the use of participatory geographic information systems (PGIS) in the Caribbean and lately in Suriname. “Participatory 3D maps were done at community level to address issues related to climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, resource access, management and use especially in the domains of agriculture and fisheries”, says Giacomo Rambaldi, Senior Programme Coordinator ICT at CTA. Experience in the Region and a Suriname case study are presented at the Seminar “Maps as media in policy processes: Bringing the 3rd dimension at the negotiating table”.

The Centre is willing to collaborate with Caribbean partners to leverage on existing ICT opportunities to enhance the engagement of small-holders farmers in the value chains. During CWA, CTA will showcase the finalists of the Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition and ICT applications developed within the framework of the AgriHack Talent Caribbean Competition – both interventions aimed at bringing youth into agriculture. There will also be the launch of the Regional Synthesis Report of ICT’s Uptake and Usage in Agricultural Value Chains in the Caribbean, a result of a joint effort between CTA and CARDI.

“There is an undisputed need to engage youth in agriculture. Encouraging young ICT innovators to develop services for agriculture contributes to this. It also contributes to improving the image of agriculture and offers opportunities to modernize the sector.“, recognizes Ken Lohento, CTA’s Programme Coordinator ICT.

The Intra-ACP APP from Caribbean and Pacific Team Leaders together with CTA will hold a follow up short technical meeting during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture. They will mainly discuss with Samson VilvilFare, Associated Programme Coordinator ARD Policy at CTA, the importance of 3 components (Policy, Market Linkages and Research and Development and climate change) for Caribbean regions.

“CTA will do its part to ensure that CWA continues to be a premiere event in addressing key challenges and opportunities to transform agriculture as a vehicle for sustainable development in the Caribbean.”, says Director Michael Hailu.  

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