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Going green . . . banana style

by Marie-Claire Williams, Barbados Today, 2 Nov 2016

November 2, 2016
Ifill explains the benefits of green bananas to a member of the public at this year’s World Food Day activities

As the Ministry of Agriculture continues to promote the concept of value-added agriculture, more and more individuals and companies are getting involved in manufacturing food products from local crops. One such person is Tonya Ifill who was inspired to produce green banana flour and pasta after attending an agro-processing training course in Guyana two years ago.

Strengthening links

by CTA/PACNews, The Fiji Times Online, 1 Nov 2016

November 1, 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.

Caricom review moves forward

by Reshma Ragoonath, Cayman 27, 1 Nov 2016

November 1, 2016

A significant review of Caricom, that is its internal structure, membership and institutions, is currently underway.

Suriname niet bij behandeling klacht over doksenvlees

Ivan Cairo, DTW Online, 29 Oct 2016

October 31, 2016

GEORGETOWN - Het ministerie van Landbouw, Veeteelt en Visserij (LVV) was vrijdag niet aanwezig tijdens de bespreking van aanbevelingen die ertoe moeten leiden dat Surinaamse doks door Trinidad en Tobago moet worden toegelaten. Op de Cayman Islands boog de Caricom Raad voor Handel en Economische Ontwikkeling (Coted), bestaande uit de landbouwministers van de Caricom-landen, zich over de klacht van Suriname omtrent de weigering van Trinidad en Tobago om producten van De Doksenclub op zijn markt toe te laten.

October 31, 2016

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Monday October 31, 2016 – Caribbean young people, many of whom are formally educated, even at the university level, are increasingly seeing prospects in the agricultural sector amidst a tightening job market.

October 31, 2016

Currently at least three Caribbean countries – Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago – are selling sliced bread made partly from cassava flour instead of only the regular wheat flour and another five have had training in a bid to have the region use more cassava and its products.

From farm to fork

by Nolana Lynch, Trinidad Express, 31 Oct 2016

October 31, 2016

One of the major thrusts at this year's Caribbean Week of Agriculture is "From Farm to Fork" – harvesting fresh produce to create an amazing culinary experience. The culinary sector holds a significant role in sustainable and profitable enterprises in the agricultural value chain.

Farmers plead- put Agriculture back in schools

by Reshma Ragoonath, Cayman 27, 31 Oct 2016

October 31, 2016

If Cayman is going to ensure long-term control over its food supply and security, more young people need to embrace careers related to the food chain.
And Jethro Greene, Chief co-ordinator of the Caribbean Farmers Network, says that work must start in the schools.

October 30, 2016

A trade dispute to allow Surinamese duck meat to enter the market in Trinidad and Tobago could be resolved as soon as the Trinidad government amend its Animal Act, a Trinidad official told the Caricom Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) here on Friday.

Sandals working to revive Grenada’s agriculture

by Kimone Francis, Jamaica Observer, 30 Oct 2016

October 30, 2016

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada — General Manager of Sandals LaSource Grenada, Peter Fraser, says the country's largest resort is looking to revive the eastern Caribbean island's agriculture sector, which is expected to further strengthen its economy.

Caribbean agriculture week wraps up

Reshma Ragoonath, Cayman27, 29 Oct 2016

October 29, 2016

With 90 percent of Cayman's food supply coming from places other than Cayman and similar figures from other Caribbean countries.

It's no surprise that food security was a hot topic as Caribbean Agriculture Week wrapped up today at the Westin.Regional governments are committing to put food security issues on the front burner.

October 29, 2016

While work has been done to articulate the vision for agriculture in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a senior CARICOM Secretariat officials wants the Region to develop a regional strategic plan for agriculture.

Caribbean poultry sector looks for import restrictions to defend industry

By Ivan Cairo, Caribbean News Now, 29 Oct 2016

October 29, 2016
Desmond Ali, executive director of the Caribbean Poultry Association, explains some of the challenges in the regional poultry industry

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- While poultry farms are making serious efforts, including financial investments, to make the region self-sufficient, several issues such as illegal imports from Brazil and cheap ‘dump chicken’ from the US are harming the industry, local entrepreneurs say.

October 29, 2016

GEORGE TOWN - De Caricom Raad voor Handel en Economische Ontwikkeling (Coted) bestaande uit de landbouwministers van de Caricom-landen bespreekt vrijdag de klacht van Suriname omtrent de weigering van Trinidad en Tobago om producten van De Doksenclub op zijn markt toe te laten. Suriname is niet aanwezig tijdens de meeting. Naar verluidt vertoeft landbouwminister Soeresh Algoe nog in Europa, waar hij deze week de tweejaarlijkse vergadering van de Internationale Walviscommissie bijwoonde. Die bijeenkomst werd in Slovenie gehouden. 

'Landbouw ter ondersteuning programma's schoolvoeding'

Ivan Cairo, DTW Online, 28 Oct 2016

October 29, 2016

GEORGE TOWN - Momenteel wordt in een aantal Caribische landen schoolvoedingsprogramma’ uitgevoerd met hulp van de Voedsel en Landbouworganisatie van de Verenigde Naties (FAO). Bij deze projecten wordt vooral de koppeling gemaakt naar lokaal geproduceerd gezond voedsel. De FAO probeert zo gezonde eetgewoonten te introduceren bij de jeugd in de regio en de agrarische sector te stimuleren. 

Pacific Islands impressed with CARICOM agriculture

by Kenton Chance, Barbados Today, 29 Oct 2016

October 29, 2016
Delegates from the Pacific attending CWA 2016 in Grand Cayman

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) may have made more progress in its agricultural sector than it realises, an official from the Pacific says, as his region takes lessons from the Caribbean ahead of its first Pacific Week of Agriculture, slated to take place next year.


October 28, 2016
The region is developing harmonized food safety legislation to help build a resilient Caribbean seafood brand

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CRFM) — The Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the top policy and decision-making arm of the CARICOM agency, met on Thursday in Grand Cayman for its sixth special meeting. The meeting was held as part of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, which is hosted in the Cayman Islands under the theme "Investing in Food and Agriculture".

Caribbean leaders called for greater investment in agriculture to reduce food import bill

Escritório Regional da FAO para a América Latina e o Caribe, 28 Oct 2016

October 28, 2016
Farmers are the biggest source of investment in agriculture, with farmers in low and middle income countries investing about US$170 billion per year on their own farms.

28th October 2016, Santiago Chile – The Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) – one of the region's premier agricultural events – ended today with a call for greater policies and investments in food and agriculture to reduce the region's food import bill and strengthen food security.

FAO: with CARICOM countries importing US$4 billion in food annually, strong efforts have to be made to address agricultural investment and import substitution.

Take big view of agriculture

Barbados Today, 28 Oct 216

October 28, 2016
Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Barton Clarke

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands– Stakeholders in the regional agricultural sector have been urged to take "a big view of agriculture" as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations continue to highlight the importance of food production to its economic and social development.