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CANROP at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2014

October 10, 2014

The Caribbean network of rural women producers CANROP has been active in the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, promoting the network through presentations to ministers and media and presenting products through their exhibition booth.  In their introduction to the alliance meeting at CWA they demonstrated their impact on Women’s empowerment and capacity, employment and income, food security and nutrition, social capital and community resilience and the environment. 

With twelve national branches, CANROP, network established in 1999, is a leading stakeholder in the Caribbean agriculture for the welfare of women producers in the region. To accomplish its mission - helping rural women to integrate into economic activities and reduce inequalities to improve their socio-economic position - the network has identified that it needs support in terms of knowledge management and communication.  

Enhanced participation in the Caribbean Week of Agriculture

This year, among the  18 representatives of the national branches of CANROP attending the CWA in Paramaribo, six are supported by CTA (Bahamas, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Suriname).

Participating in the CWA with an exhibition booth this year is an opportunity to better promote products such as the “Mango treasures” a selection of mango products from the region produced by members. But it is also an opportunity to meet with decision makers and funders that can help members CANROP in its quest for new markets.

CANROP had the opportunity to present its vision of the relevant policies and strategies for rural women in the Caribbean to the Alliance for the development of agriculture and the rural environment in the Caribbean (a group of decision makers , donors, researchers organizing the event of which CTA is a member).  

Improve knowledge management to enhance the network In the presentation to the Alliance, CANROP showed how, with the assistance of CTA and IICA, they are developing as a regional knowledge network. A KM scan resulted in them setting new priorities. The first of these was the need for capacity building in communications, as a result a workshop session has been held at the CWA facilitated by Nadia Manning Thomas.

At this event Faumuina Tafuna’i of Women in Business Development Incorporated shared her experiences in Samoa in their positive news approach to help elevate farming as an honourable, exciting and innovative occupation. They stressed how important it is to tailor stories for their audiences - farmers, markets and governments.  

This project is already having an effect as there were comments from the alliance meeting on the quality of the presentation from CANROP and considerable interest around their booth at the trade fair.

Follow CANROP activities on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caribbean-Network-of-Rural-Women-Producers-CANROP/104009819745979) and social media generally #WEareCANROP