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Promoting agritourism in Barbados

Like many Caribbean nations, Barbados faces two distinct crises. On the one hand, the island now imports almost 90% of the food consumed. On the other, levels of obesity and associated diseases have risen, largely because people are eating processed products and calorie-dense foods, most of which are imported. Agritourism, which links farmers and agribusinesses to the tourist market, could play a significant role in tackling both these problems and CTA is working closely with local partners to encourage the growth of the local food market.

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Three-dimensional knowledge sharing

Leaving an uninspiring office job, Debora Linga received support from CTA to set-up her own NGO, Tribal Peoples Development in Suriname. Thanks to her Saramaccan tribal origins, she is able to truly apply a participatory approach to development. We caught up with Debora to learn how she is generating lasting impact in her local community and how CTA is involving indigenous people in the development of solutions to the issues they face.

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Blog articles

Helping digital entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector to grow: insights from the CTA's AgriHack Talent initiative

In a sector as complicated as e-agriculture, supporting young innovators and entrepreneurs through mentoring and providing access to financing, is of particular importance.

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News

Boutique winery bears fruit for Caribbean agripreneur

Convinced of the need for her native Trinidad to diversify its economy, Laura Superville was keen to set up a business based on local produce. The result is a range of wines based on the aroma and taste of tropical fruits, which has opened up a new career path for this young agripreneur, as well as job opportunities for other members of the community.

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Investing in the Caribbean sweet-potato sector

Discover the ‘Investment guide for the sweet potato sector’ that is being launched in collaboration with the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) this month. This microsite, as well as the communication campaign we are developing through our media and social media networks, aims to introduce financial institutions to the world of sweet potato farming in the CARIFORUM region.

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European Development Days 2017: ACP inclusive investment

Boosting investment for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) inclusive trade and development: Harnessing investment opportunities to empower ACPs as the world’s next emerging economy will be one of four events that CTA is co-organising in Brussels. This lab will present intra-ACP initiatives aimed at spurring investment opportunities to support trade expansion and sustainable development. It will take place on 7 June as part of the theme on Sustainable Investment.

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Communiqués

The Caribbean Week of Agriculture: new opportunities for investing in agriculture

The 14th edition of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA), widely recognised as the most important event in the region’s agricultural calendar, opens next week in the Cayman Islands. Taking the theme Investing in Food and Agriculture in the Caribbean, the event is being organised from 24 to 28 October 2016.

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Strong value chains to drive sustainable development in small island developing states

The small size and remote locations of small island developing states (SIDS) in the Caribbean and Pacific make it critical for small-scale producers and agri-processors to be part of efficient value chains. On the second day of the Caribbean and Pacific Agri-Food Forum, being held in Barbados from 2 to 6 November 2015, participants explored innovative solutions to help drive the agri-food sector in island locations, and enable communities to face serious challenges such as climate change, nutrition-related disease and uncertain food security.

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Interviews

Taking an agribusiness approach in the Caribbean

CTA has recently interviewed Torin Gilalta, technical officer at the Caribbean Agri-business Association (CABA). CABA works to provide a private sector mechanism to facilitate organized, coordinated planning and development of regional programmes and projects in the agri-business sector in CARICOM.

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Reviews

New directions for targeted outcomes

While reflecting on its 30-year history during its anniversary year in 2014, CTA was also busy making plans for the future. CTA's goal is to contribute to enhanced agricultural and rural development policies and inclusive value chains that promote food and nutrition security, prosperity and sustainable management of natural resources across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).

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Syndicated articles

Making Agriculture Cool

At every conference she has attended on the youth, Nawsheen Hosenally has been frustrated to hear that agriculture is not ‘cool’. The 29-year-old graduate in agricultural extension and information systems knew she wanted to do something to redeem the image of agriculture among young people.

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Technical and scientific articles

Breadtrail: from farm to fork

BreadTrail, an app created by Darien Jardine, Nirvan Sharma and Reshawn Ramjattan, makes introducing reliable and incorruptible traceability to the supply chain secure and scalable while providing benefits to everyone involved from farmer to customer.

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in Spore and Spore/Production and value additions

Renewed maize grain revives Haitian agriculture

In Haiti, a renewed and improved maize seed variety provides seven times the yield of traditional varieties, helping to tackle food insecurity and malnutrition in the country. Farmers interested in working in the seed sector receive training in the production of the seed to ensure the genetic purity is maintained.

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in Spore and Spore/Smart-tech and innovation

Modernising Caribbean crop production

Agricultural production in the Caribbean is constrained by limited access to up-to-date, local information. However, recent ICT developments in the region have created e-solutions to these challenges, improving crop production and reducing pests and diseases as well as post-harvest losses.

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in Spore, Spore/Entrepreneurship and Spore/Trends

Agriculture - a promising market for the diaspora

Over the last decade, remittance flows from diaspora communities to their countries of origin have been steadily increasing. With government support and agriculture-friendly legislation, agriculture could benefit from this substantial source of funding and expertise.

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Background articles

in Spore and Spore/Production and value additions

Strengthening the weak link

Development of the cold chain in ACP countries is necessary if they are to meet the Sustainable Development Goal of reducing food waste. Poor access to cold chains impacts food and nutrition security, while also hampering agricultural development and the emergence of an efficient agri-food sector.

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in Spore and Spore/Production and value additions

Lab cultured potato seeds

Jamaica is investing in in vitro propagation of Irish potato seeds in an effort to reduce imports and increase local farming production. The lab cultured seeds prevent spreading of disease and are hoped to boost production enough to not only achieve self-sufficiency, but also increase exports to European markets.

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in Spore

Engaging youth to protect food security

WHYFARM is using educational entertainment to inspire youth involvement in agriculture and help tackle the global food crisis. The not-for-profit organisation uses hands-on activities to teach children in Africa and the Caribbean about nutrition and sustainable agriculture.

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Projects