June 28, 2013:
June 28th and 29th will see the hosting of a Meeting of one of the Technical Management Advisory Committees (TMAC) set up by CARICOM to look at co-ordination of agricultural Research and Development in the Region. This TMAC was set up to define ways to address one of the ten key binding constraints, as identified in the Jagdeo Initiative, namely ‘Inadequate Research and Development’. This TMAC is led by the Ministry of Agriculture, St Lucia and convened by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). Mr Hubert Emmanuel, Permanent Secretary at St Lucia’s Ministry of Agriculture will chair the sessions. The Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
The Jagdeo Initiative is a strategy for removing constraints to the development of agriculture in the Caribbean. It builds upon past Regional efforts to develop a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and identifies ten key binding constraints faced by the sector, with resulting necessary actions.
The anticipated outcome of this Meeting is agreement on the way forward for a Regional strategy for Research and Development; a Strategy for linkages with Latin America; and identification of essentials to address climate change.
Officials at this Meeting will include representatives of CARICOM, Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Food Production, the University of the West Indies, the University of Guyana, the University of Trinidad and Tobago, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
Contact: CARDI’s Office|868|645|1205