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Agriculture experts to focus on family farming and technology - Pacific Islands News Association

Published on October 7, 2014

The Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) has started today in Suriname's capital Paramaribo with main focus on family farming and the use of technology in agriculture.

Director of the Caribbean Agriculture and Research Development Institute (CARDI), Dr Arlington Chesney said CWA would highlight the crucial role that family farming can play in developing the Caribbean's agricultural sector at a seminar titled "Transforming Caribbean Agriculture through Family Farming."

"Agriculture is changing and is no longer land and labour but it is primarily knowledge and information," he said

Agriculture experts classify family farmers as those who earn 60 to 65 percent of their revenue from agriculture.

"Coupled with specific policies, family farming has the potential to stimulate local economies by providing a social safety net for the rural communities in which they are based," a statement from the organisers said.

Director of Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Michael Hailu said: "The joint workshops on three main streams of work – value chain development, climate change/climate smart agriculture and policy and strategy for agricultural revitalisation and food and nutrition security – will focus our deliberations on key priority issues of concern for the region," he said.

The Agriculture week would also see youths from across the Caribbean region sharing applications that can benefit the region's agriculture sector.

CTA would 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.

Caribbean agriculture ministers are also due to hold their trade and economic ministerial meeting in Paramaribo later this week.

The United Nations has designated 2014 as "International Year of Family Farming."

Written by: Pita Ligaiula in Paramaribo, Suriname

Source: PACNEWS - http://www.pina.com.fj/index.php?p=pacnews&m=read&o=8111932385433a48f9ef3a441a10eb