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FAO hosted Caribbean regional workshop

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Over forty participants gathered at the Bay Gardens Inn conference room in St. Lucia to identify capacity building strategies that farmers organisations and networks at the regional, national and sub-regional-levels can promote in order to support smallholders becoming reliable and profitable suppliers for the agribusiness sector.

The workshop which was entitled “Strengthening the capacity of Farmers Organisations to respond to changing agriculture markets” was funded by the EC All African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Commodities programme and supported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).   

Through joint collaboration with the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN), participants included representatives from regional and national farmer organisations and agribusiness from over twelve Caribbean countries including, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.  The workshop took place from November 24th – 2img_7584.jpg8th, 2008.

The workshop was facilitated by Heiko Bammann, Enterprise Development Officer, FAO Rome; Edward Seidler, Senior Marketing Officer, FAO Rome; and Jethro Greene, Chief Coordinator, CaFAN.

At the end of the workshop, participants had formulated draft action plans and proposals, working together by country, which they will now develop and implement with support from FAO under the EC-ACP programme and by other donors.

About CaFAN

The Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN), formed in 2004, is a regional network of Farmers' Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the Caribbean. CaFAN's major focus is to foster linkages, training and information sharing amongst Caribbean farmers so that they are in a better position to respond to the key challenges facing the agricultural sector in the Caribbean.

CaFAN organises training workshops, advocacy, study tours, information sharing, regional planning sessions, and produces a variety of publications.

CaFAN Members

Membership of CaFAN is open to farmers’ associations in countries of the Caribbean region. To date, the following countries have participated in activities of CaFAN:  Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts/Nevis; St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname.

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P.O Box 827
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St. Vincent & the Grenadines, West Indies