On December 9, 2019, CARDI’s Executive Director, Barton Clarke paid a courtesy call to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to sign the Host Country Agreement (HCA) between CARDI and the Bahamas. The Honourable Marvin H Dames, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs signed on behalf of the government of The Bahamas.
The HCA follows the Instrument of Accession which was signed on June 20, 2016 establishing an office for CARDI in the Bahamas. The HCA expands the ability of the Institute to service the needs of the Bahamian agricultural sector.
Minister Dames extended appreciation to CARDI for the work the Institute has been doing to develop and strengthen the country’s agricultural sector. He noted the work being done by CARDI is helping The Bahamas to feed itself and reduce its high food import bill.
Clarke remarked that CARDI will continue to assist the Bahamas with a research and development service. The Institute’s work will focus on developing strategic value chains and resilience focused initiatives.
Some other notable achievements of the Institute in the Bahamas, has been the training of Agricultural Science teachers in small ruminant production, the launch of a school garden project, the introduction and evaluation of improved sweet potato varieties, the development of the Cascarilla industry and the training of stakeholders in value added product development. CARDI has also been instrumental in kick starting agricultural production following the passage of Hurricane Dorian last September.
Witnessing the signing were the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Honourable Michael Pintard, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peter Deveaux-Isaacs, High Commissioner to CARICOM, H.E. Reuben Rahming and CARDI Representative in the Bahamas, Dr. Michele Singh.