This week, our sister island of Dominica was devastated by the passing of Tropical Storm Erika. News reports coming out of Dominica indicated that there are several lives which have been lost, including significant damages to private and public properties.
CaFAN is appealing to all members and partners who can provide support to do so to help in the country's recovery process. We are one Caribbean and one people and our brothers and sisters need us during this time. If you will like to make a donation, please let us know so that we can point you in the right direction.
To the Government and People of Dominica, do accept our deepest sympathies from the entire membership of the Caribbean Farmers Network.
Jamaica was most suitable for the venue of the official launch of the CaFAN three year project titled, “Sustainable, profitable value chains in the Caribbean” because of the focus placed on agriculture as highlighted by the recently concluded Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.
The launch was held at the Sandals Resort in Ocho Rios on Tuesday August 4th, 2015, Speakers included Programme Coordinator of CTA, Mr. Juan Cheaz; Mr. Sydney Henry, Project Manager of the Sandals Foundation and Mr. Jethro Greene, Chief Coordinator of CaFAN.
The featured address was delivered by Senator Norman Grant, President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society and who serves as Chairman of CaFAN. The event was chaired by Mr. James Paul (MP)
The Caribbean Farmers Network has signed on June 20, 2015, a cost-sharing contract for a project titled, "Sustainable, profitable value chains, and market linkages in the Caribbean" with the Technical Centre for Agricultral and Rural Co-operation (CTA). CaFAN and CTA have been long standing partners since the inception of CaFAN in 2002 and CTA's financial contributions have helped significantly in the development of CaFAN.
The project which has a duration of three (3) years, and a total contribution of Euro 790,000 is aimed to build sustainable and profitable value chains and market linkages for small-scale farmers in the Caribbean, including women and young entrepreneurs.
More specifically, the project aims to support small-scale farmers to overcome key barriers to access domestic, tourism and international markets. This will be accomplished through capacity building, organisational development, technical training, regional learning exchanges, market visits, multi-stakeholder collaboration, private sector engagement, systematisation of experiences, market and policy analysis, dissemination of materials, advocacy & lobbying, baseline studies (M&E) and seed funding for women and young entrepreneur.
Under this project, CaFAN will also coordinate in conjunction with CTA a Regional Value Chain Alliance, which is a platform for building partnerships with the private sector, agriculture organizations and institutions.