04 February 2014

Sharing Learning Experiences

Written by Nyasha
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Participants shared their learning experiences 

The final session of the Study Visit and Planning Workshop was for participants to share their learning experiences that can be adopted; strengthening country to country agriculture. 

Richie (Antigua): I arrived in St. Vincent, not knowing what to expect.  When the session opened I was eager to get started. I was placed in group “marketing and production” and assigned the task of scribing, which I gladly facilitated. I would like to say thank you to all of my group members. They gave me insights into the marketing technique which is so greatly needed to facilitate production. The field trip was a delight for me it gave me an opportunity to do something I recently adopted as a hobby. – taking pictures. I also learned about Citrus Greening – a disease that affects citrus plants. They are also experimenting with several varieties of tomatoes in an attempt to find a suitable variety adaptable to St. Vincent. 

Amanda (St Lucia): It is amazing how far we have come as an agriculture community, and indeed as a region, in appreciating the value the Media, and communication for development is to the success of our evolving agriculture economy. The excitement and enthusiasm that the proposal for the initiation of a CaFAN Media Programme to train and develop the capacity of media practitioners received from the participants of the Strategic Planning Meeting is testimony that with improved Public Relations, Marketing and communications on all facets of the industry, could greatly assist our quest to sustain rural modernization... especially our youth and women .Media will definitely work for the betterment of our Agriculture...giving it the prestige and applause it so rightly deserve!!


Joseph (Grenada): This has been the most electrifying planning secession that I have been involved in. This experience has thought me to plan precise, taking ever thing into consideration and leave nothing to chance.

Michael (Grenada): Already being a member of the CaFAN Network Family has put me in touch with many technical, practical and skilled persons. As a young man and as a farmer I am impressed by the energies exuberated by Mr. Jethro Greene motivates me and Mr. Scott have afforded me the opportunity to learn and share thereby allowing me to grow. Finally, I wish to assure you all that I have learned a lot and intend to continue to grow and do my bit in propelling CaFAN.

Theodore (Barbados): The major lessons learned from Day 2 were the process of preparing Logic Plans and Work Breakdown Structure.  Following on from the group work completed on Day 1 of the workshop, the various groups were required to present the completed work (logic plan).  Of note, the process of working from what you would like your outcomes (impact) to be right back to the activities and inputs that are necessary to achieve this was helpful and made more sense from traditional methods of working from inputs to outcome. 

Jamilla (Barbados): I have learnt that a strategic plan involves lots of focus and teamwork. The dynamics of a group can affect the capacity of that group to produce results.

Roberta (Dominica): The workshop has been an extremely useful learning tool for me, particularly in the areas of strategic planning and policy advocacy. I have had a chance to see how organizers develop long term plans to guide the actions of the organization as well as the opportunity to help formulate some of those plans.  The planning workshop has also been very useful and upfront about confronting issues between planning and on the ground change.

Mark (St Lucia): This is my first experience in putting together a program development plan using a logistic model. Before this workshop I use to develop a program of activities with a timeframe without any clear objectives and outcome; so I consider this model to be very good and will help me improve on program planning better in the future.

Nyameke (Tobago): CaFAN continues to be a leader in regional agricultural development and this experience at SVG is like none other. Crucial to the further development of the sector and work done by CaFAN is the need to dialogue and build a strategic plan that would take the organization into the future.

Diane (Dominica): the workshop for me was very interesting; I enjoyed the group I was placed in to deal with production and marketing. Around the table was a wealth of knowledge in that specific area. The field trip was also very interesting for me especially the tissue culture lab were a number of plants were propagated and distributed to the farmers for little or no cost. I truly think that this is a good initiative and the farmers are well on their way for continued production. 

Derron (Jamaica): the coming together of regional youth to participate in the regional planning process was indeed an experience. The experience gained was that there is a greater need to foster the relationship amount CaFAN members, which in my view overtime will result into greater regional integration as members.

Soyanni (Jamaica): This workshop has provided me the opportunity to brainstorm, incubate and hatch ideas using the logistic model over a short period of time. I was able to share experience on situations back home that other colleagues learned from and can put into practice in their own country. (For example; Tissue Culture [mass production of clean planting material through aseptic techniques] - this topic was new to majority of the participants and they got to appreciate the role of research in food security and nutrition. I too have also gain insights on agricultural issues and initiatives which I can adopt or learn from. I look forward to the outcomes and continuing dialogue among CaFAN young professionals to ensure agriculture takes priority and is given the admiration its worth.

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