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 Eastern Caribbean Trading Agriculture and Development Organisation (ECTAD) will be hosting a Study Visit on "Smallholder Crop Production and Marketing" in St. Vincent and the Grenadines from February 16-20th, 2009. The Study Visit is being funded by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) www.cta.int
The proposed Study Visit is intended to give representatives of farmers organizations in the Caribbean, a firsthand experience of the approach used by ECTAD, and the challenges and successes it has experienced in its quest to improve productivity, efficiency, wealth and quality of life of rural farmers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Participants will be able to observe the progress that ECTAD has made in practical ways to empower rural small farmers and to hear firsthand, the testimonies of farmers about their improved lifestyles and their ability to not only produce for the local market, but also for overseas markets.
The participants will also be given an opportunity to share their experiences in Smallholder Farmer Production and Marketing.