Leading Intra-Regional Trade
In Photo: Mr. Jai Rampersaud, General Manager of Bunny Import & Export, in discussion with Mr. Jethro Greene and the CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
The Eastern Caribbean Trading and Agriculture Development Organisation (ECTAD), the registered Secretariat of the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN) has been the lead organisation within the network in exploring trading markets for agricultural produce within the Caribbean Region as well as to markets in Europe, primarily England and France.
ECTAD commenced its intra-regional trade thrust through its farmers' groups from a number of areas in St. Vincent with the shipment of a wide assortment of produce to Grenada in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Ivan in 2004. This was followed up with commencement, of regular shipment of roots and tubers, primarily dasheen to European markets, namely, England and France, which has been sustained over the past nine years.
As of 2016, ECTAD continued its marketing thrust, supplying over 1,450 boxes of produce to Bunny Import Export in Trinidad and Tobago. According to Chief Coordinator of ECTAD/CaFAN, Mr. Jethro Greene, "This is only the beginning of a regional comprehensive production, marketing, import replacement and food and nutrition security program, that will involve many more Caribbean countries lead by small farmers business organisations to local, regional and international markets".
Please find full report by clicking on the link below.
Year End Message from Desk of Chief Coordinator
Dear CaFAN Family,
Greetings and best wishes for the holiday season!
We look forward to more success in 2017, with your leadership, commitment, and togetherness. We want to continue to build on the positives and pay less attention to the negatives.
Ideas, suggestions, and regrets are easy to come by, but putting them into actions still remains the hardest part of the business. I urge you to concentrate on that hard part of the business because, at the end of the day, it is sound achievements that really matters. I also wish for you to always bear in mind that the race is not just for the swift, nor is the battle for the strong but those who endure to the end; using their brain power and finding solutions outside of the norm stand the best chance of achieving success.
We intensified our efforts in 2016 with the help of our partners, our regional platform – CTA, CaFAN, ECTAD, Bunny’s Import & Export, Sandals Foundation – and our technical partners, CARDI, FAO, IICA, CARICOM, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Ministries of Agriculture, and COLEACP to focus on profitable sustainable markets for our small farmers in the network.
Please click on the link provided for the full message.
Onion Production in Antigua and Barbuda
A Voice for Small Farmers at COP21
The Caribbean Farmers Network will be represented at the 2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Cimate Conference by Mr. Jethro Greene, Chief Coordinator. COP21 is expected to bring together delegates from around the world to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate.
In preparations for the conference two documents were prepared by the Ramphal Institute, Kings College London headed by Mr Edwin Laurent. The documents were prepared at the request of CaFAN for assessing the impact of climate change on small farmers in small island developing states. It was financed by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation CTA.
You can click on the following link to access the documents.
1. A Voice for Small Farmers at COP A voice for small farmers at COP21
2. Small Farmers COP Briefing for delegates Small Farmers COP21 briefing for delegates
CaFAN's Chief Coordinator nominated for the ACP-EESC
The Caribbean Farmers Network is pleased to announce that Mr. Jethro Greene, Chief Coordinator of CaFAN has accepted his nominiation to sit on the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
The ACP-EU follow-up committee will be from the period of November 2015 until April 2018. It is composed of 12 European and 12 ACP members, who represent a variety of civil society organisations and meets twice a year on average.
You can access a copy of the Nomination letter by clicking the following link EESC Nomination Letter - Jethro Greene SVG
Highlights of the Caribbean Pacific Agrifood Forum
The week long activities of the Caribbean Pacific Agrifood Forum came to an end on November 6th, 2015. The week's events were highlighted in a series of releases from the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). Please click on the links below to read more.
4. Island Chefs
6. Value Chain
- Caribbean Pacific Agrifood Forum
- CaFAN's Chief Coordinator writes to EC Commissioners
- COLEACP supports CaFAN efforts to assist with rehabilitation of small-farm-families’ livelihoods in Dominica
- The Island of Dominica hit by Tropical Storm Erika
- Sustainable, profitable value chains in the Caribbean
- CaFAN Regional Value Chain Alliance Project
- "No More Food Waste" Conference
- CaFAN delegates attend IFPRI 2020 International Conference
- JAS signs agreement with FFP for Red Peas Planting
- Sharing Learning Experiences