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Agribusiness in the Caribbean and Pacific - solutions and success stories

For immediate release - Bridgetown, Barbados, 07 November 2015

Building effective public-private partnerships will be critical in driving agribusiness development and harnessing income generating opportunities for farmers in small island developing states. The Caribbean-Pacific Agri-Food Forum, organised in Bridgetown, Barbados, from November 2 to 6 by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and partners, and funded by the European Union through the Intra-ACP Agricultural Policy Programme, has identified a range of key challenges and innovative solutions as part of an ongoing campaign aimed at ensuring that rural communities can benefit from the strong potential offered by adopting an agribusiness approach in island communities.

Island chefs push for local cuisine on tourist menus

For immediate release - Bridgetown, Barbados, 06 November 2015

Chefs can play an important role in helping small-scale farmers to supply the hospitality trade in small island developing states (SIDS). By offering menus based on local cuisine instead of imported dishes, they can drive demand for home-grown ingredients sourced from local producers. A session on the second and final day of the 2nd Caribbean Agribusiness Forum being held in Bridgetown, Barbados has heard that agritourism offers good opportunities for smallholder farmers. But they will need support in upgrading their supply chains to hotels, resorts and supermarkets, producing timely and reliable deliveries of quality products.

Agribusiness in the Caribbean – a sustainable strategy for small-scale farmers

For immediate release - Bridgetown, Barbados, 5 November 2015

Taking an agribusiness approach to agricultural development can do much to provide income generating opportunities for rural communities, as well as helping to increase food security, reduce food imports and create jobs, especially for young people. The 2nd Caribbean Agribusiness Forum - Strengthening the Agri-Food Sector and Expanding Markets, which opens today in Bridgetown, Barbados, will highlight the main drivers of agribusiness development and examine success stories that can be scaled up. The Forum is being attended by agribusiness private sector players, decision-makers, policy-makers, financial institutions, chefs, development partners and other actors. The two-day event is being held as part of the Caribbean-Pacific Agri-Food Forum, which opened on 2 November and runs until 6 November.

A trio of agreements signed today will pave the way for stronger development cooperation in the Caribbean. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two long-standing partners: the Caribbean Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), pledging to work closely with both to further agricultural and rural development in the region. Meanwhile, CARDI and IICA signed a General Technical Cooperation Agreement (GTCA) with each other. The ceremony took place during the Caribbean and Pacific Agri-Food Forum being staged this week in Bridgetown, Barbados.