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Action for agribusiness to boost small island economies

For immediate release, Grand Cayman, The Cayman Islands, 29 October 2016

Agribusiness can make a major contribution to driving the food and agriculture sector in small island developing states, especially when linked to tourism related markets. A workshop held on the eve of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016, being staged in the Cayman Islands from October 26 to 28, has explored the main drivers of agribusiness development and examined success stories that can be scaled up.

Chefs for Development: a powerful synergy between agriculture and cuisine

For immediate release - Grand Cayman, The Cayman Islands, 28 October 2016

October 28, 2016

A platform that promotes stronger linkages between chefs and small-scale producers in Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean countries was launched in the Caribbean. Chefs for Development aims to stimulate demand of local agrifood products in the domestic and hospitality sector, improving public health and reducing unsustainable food import bills in island countries. The platform was unveiled in the Cayman Islands, where the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 opened on Wednesday.

Remarks by Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community

At the opening ceremony of the fourteenth Caribbean Week of Agriculture

October 27, 2016

His Excellency Franz Manderson, Acting Governor of the Cayman Islands;
Honourable Alden McLaughlin Premier, Cayman Islands;
Honourable Ministers of the Caribbean Community;
Members of the Legislative Assembly;
Honourable Matai Seremaiah Nawalu - Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity, Vanuatu;
Mr. Victor Villalobos – Director-General, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA);
Mr. Michael Hailu, Director, ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA);
Dr. Lystra Fletcher-Paul, sub-regional Director, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO);
Heads of Regional Institutions;
Representative so the Private Sector;
Distinguished Delegates;
Representatives of the Media;
Ladies and Gentlemen.