Over forty (40) young business farmers and agro business leaders from thirteen (13) Caribbean countries will come together at a “Regional Youth in Agriculture” workshop from January 25 – 28th at the Grand Beach Resort tin Grenada, to plan the way forward in regional agriculture development from a youth perspective.
The workshop is held as part of the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN) overall agricultural development strategy to inject young leadership into the CaFAN network of over 500,000 farmers and to get more young people involved in the sector to build agriculture as a viable sustainable business.
According to Jethro Greene, Chief Coordinator of CaFAN, “the Caribbean region has had a long history of agriculture and farming. However, this long tradition as well as innovations in various areas of agricultural and rural development is threatened by a number of factors, including the very limited youth involvement in the sector. Surveys among CaFAN farmers’ organisations across the region indicate that the average age of farmers are increasing and in most cases above 45 years old, the majority being over 60 years”.
The workshop is being organized in collaboration between CaFAN and the Marketing and the National Importing Board (MNIB), with financial support from the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA-ACP-EU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Caribbean Development Bank.
CaFAN is a regional umbrella organisation for national farmer organisations across thirteen Caribbean countries. Its mission is to enhance Caribbean food and nutrition security, foreign exchange earnings and foreign savings, by repositioning agriculture through the capacity building of farmers and the institutional strengthening of farmer organisations.
The workshop coordinator is Miss Keeley Holder of the Barbados Agriculture Society (BAS) and the workshop facilitator is Mr. Roderick St. Clair of the Grenada Marketing and National Importing Board (GMNIB).
The official opening ceremony will be held on Monday January 25th from 6:30pm at the Grenada National Stadium. It will feature addresses by CaFAN Directors, and top Government officials and Members of Parliament in Grenada.
For more information, please contact the CaFAN Secretariat.