The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture.
The Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) is an agricultural organisation that is over 150 years old. It was established by an Act of the Barbados Parliament and seeks to represent the interests of the agricultural sector in all relevant forums. The Society is the secretariat for seven commodity groups representing over 500 farmers, with women comprising 30% of the total. BAS is the organiser of Barbados' premier agricultural exhibition, AGROFEST. In addition to agricultural produce, the event also features seminars, musical concerts and local cuisine. In 2015, attendance at this event rose to 75,000, up from 60,000 in 2014.
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) provides technical cooperation, innovation and specialized knowledge to contribute to the competitive and sustainable development of agriculture in the 34 member states of the Caribbean and Latin America, and to improve the lives of rural dwellers in the member countries. The Institute's four Flagship Projects focus on Competitiveness and sustainability of agribusiness chains, Rural inclusion, Family agriculture, and Resilience and management of risk. The Institute's main strength lies in its technical capacities and its stable presence in the hemisphere, through both its Headquarters and its offices in the countries. As a result, its plans and its outcomes come together in the form of findings, public goods and practical, timely and high-quality responses at all four geographic levels, and above all in what could be called "on-the-ground solutions.