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Oct 8

Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2018: Strengthening agriculture for a healthier future in the region

Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2018: Strengthening agriculture for a healthier future in the region

Event Overview

The Government of Barbados hosts the 15th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) under the theme: “Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2018: Strengthening agriculture for a healthier future in the region”. This regional event provides a forum for Ministers of Agriculture, planners, regional organisations and other key agricultural stakeholders in the public and private sectors of the Region, to meet to discuss major issues affecting the agricultural sector in the region.

During the five-day period of the event, the opportunity is taken by regional organisations to host a number of workshops, which will be held simultaneously throughout each day. Among the topics to be covered under the technical workshops to be conducted, are the following:

  • Development of the regional coconut industry
  • Youth employment and entrepreneurship
  • Climate resilience in the agriculture and fisheries sectors
  • Small ruminants
  • The School feeding programme.

A series of ministerial meetings are also convened during the hosting of CWA 2018. Ministers of Agriculture meet over a three-day period to discuss key issues affecting the agricultural sectors in the region and to receive reports on action being taken by the various regional agencies, organisations and NGOs to assist with alleviating identified constraints to the development of the sector. The major meeting to be held during this week is the special meeting of the council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) – Agriculture, which will be preceded by the officials meeting of COTED. Meetings of the Governing Bodies of CARDI, the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) will also convened.

Bridgetown, Barbados


  • Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries & Water Resource Management

    To transform and reposition the Agricultural Sector in Barbados through the promotion of an Agri-business approach to farming, with particular attention being paid to the effective use of resources, as well as the adoption of appropriate technology and sound management practices in order to achieve internationally competitive production, processing and marketing enterprises, which contribute significantly to social and economic development and food security, as well as to the sustainable management of the natural resource base of the country.

  • CTA

    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. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.