CARDI Day 2018 …‘Celebrating the potential of the region’s Coconut Industry’

Kids at the CARDI Day celebrations curiously look on at a cricket bat made from a coconut branch

 

On December 5 2018, CARDI Day was commemorated under the theme “Celebrating the potential of the region’s coconut industry”, where the focus was on highlighting the achievements under Phase I of the EU – ACP funded Regional Coconut Industry Development Project. Through a series of exhibitions, media engagements, public lectures and school tours participants, saw first-hand some of the practical ways that the project has breathed new life into one of the region’s oldest industries.

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Bahamas launches school garden project

Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Michael Pintard and CARDI Representative Michele Singh

officially open school garden at the St John’s College

 

To celebrate CARDI Day, the Bahamas office partnered with St. John’s College and corporate sponsor Generali to launch a school garden project at St John’s College.

 

This project is part of the Institute’s programme in The Bahamas which seeks to positively influence children’s food choices, promote healthier habits and educate and engage students in Agricultural Science and environmental sustainability.

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EU confirms Phase 2 of Coconut Project at Barbados’ CARDI Day celebrations

Ansari Hosein, CARDI Representative explaining the many opportunities for using the shredded coconut husk

 

The Barbados Unit used the CARDI Day platform to showcase the achievements under the Coconut Industry Development for the Caribbean project. Representatives from the donor community, partners, and other agricultural stakeholders gathered at the CARDI Demonstration and Training Centre in Graeme Hall, saw first-hand how the project has assisted in revitalizing Barbados’ coconut industry.

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OECS countries put on a good show for CARDI Day

CARDI Representative Andrea Veira hosts a Q & A on coconuts for students attending CARDI Day celebrations in St Lucia

 

The central theme for St Lucia’s CARDI Day celebrations was knowledge sharing. Students and extension officers participated in a seminar on Coconut production and coconut nursery establishment at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. A second seminar targeting farmers focused on topics such as Establishing Coconut Nursery, Integrated Pest Management of Coconuts, Coconut germplasm and intercropping.

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Guyana demonstrates value added opportunities along the coconut value chain

CARDI Representative Guyana, Dr Cyril Roberts presents Gabriell Williams with the CARDI Award for Outstanding Performance in Agriculture Science at the CARDI Day celebrations

 

Participants at the CARDI Day celebrations in Linden, Guyana received a first-hand view of some of the lucrative value added products that can be derived from coconuts. CARDI Guyana partnered with one of the project’s Lead farmer/processor to demonstrate the production of virgin coconut oil and handmade soaps using natural plant based oils and local ingredients. De Souza who has been manufacturing soaps since 2016, has received technical advice for developing his factory and training in food safety, handling and packaging, under the project. He will soon begin to put to use the knowledge gained to upgrade his facility and improve his post production processes. (more…)

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