CaFAN conducted the final activity of its project with CTA (#2-1-11-208-2); a Regional Study Visit on youth initiatives, lessons and best practices in policies regarding agricultural production and marketing of agriculture produce in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Study Visit took place at the Murray’s Height Hotel in Kingstown, St. Vincent from January 20th to 24th, 2014.
Several farmers from the North East Farmers Organisation (NEFO) visited St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) through a study tour program hosted by the Eastern Caribbean Trading Agriculture and Development Organisation (ECTAD) in collaboration with the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN) from August 24th –27th 2010.
The Study tour was one of NEFO activities funded under a Letter of Agreement (LoA) by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) through the European Union All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme (EU AAACP).
The goal of the Study Tour was to identify key production and propagation techniques practiced in SVG that will enhance NEFO’s present and future crop production, for greater economic, financial and work -task force building opportunities.
The tour provided participants with the knowledge and information needed to enhance marketing, business development, services and networking in the agribusiness sector for the organization. This was done through NEFO farmers witnessing the production practices of Dasheen, Yams, Eddoes and Sweet Potatoes on both the Leeward and Windward locations and through visits to CARDI experimental stations, Ministry of Agriculture propagation station and the Taiwan’s experimental plot.
Over forty-five farmers leaders and value chain managers attended and participated in the recently held Caribbean Regional Training Course in Agribusiness Management of Farmers Organisation. The training course was held in Saint Lucia from July 26-30th, 2010 at the Bay Gardens Inn Conference room. Participants were represented from eleven Caribbean Countries including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and host country Saint Lucia.
The Training sessions were very intensive with a combination of theory and practice. On Wednesday July 28th, participants got the opportunity to explore the Value Chain in St. Lucia and had discussions with the Hotel, Supermarkets and local Farmers Organisations. At the end of the five days training, participants rated the training and overall success which met their initial expectations. They pledged their commitment to use the tools and knowledge acquired to strengthen their organisations capacities in agribusiness management.
The training course was a collaboration between the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) under the European Union All African Caribbean and Pacific Agricultural Commodities Programme (EU AAACP) and the Italy Funded "Promoting CARICOM/CARIFORUM Food Security Project (GTFS/RLA/141/ITA). (ND)
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