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IICA Vacancy Notice – Agribusiness and Value Chain Specialist, Trinidad and Tobago


Monday, February 19th, 2018

Inter-American Institute of Cooperation for Agriculture (IICA) invites applications for Agribusiness and Value Chain Specialist, Trinidad and Tobago

 

Please see Vacancy Notice for further details

 

The closing date for applications is March 02, 2018. Applicants should send a letter, resume, proof of qualification and three recent references letters to IICA’s Management of Human Talent Division by email (Enable Javascript to see the email address) . All suitable applicants will be considered and none will be rejected on the grounds of gender, race, religion or ethnic origin. Only candidates from Trinidad and Tobago will be taken into account or people with no work restrictions in this country

Rewarding youth in agriculture


Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Eion Jotis receiving his award from CARDI Representative Dr. Cyril Roberts. Photo courtesy: GINA

 

Eion Jotis from the New Amsterdam Multilateral School in Guyana has been awarded the CARDI prize for being the top performer in the 2017 CSEC Agricultural Science (Double Award (DA)) examination. Jotis achieved a full certificate at CSEC obtaining 11 subjects inclusive of Agricultural Science.

 

Dr Cyril Roberts, CARDI Representative in Guyana presented Eion with his prize at the Unit’s CARDI Day celebrations on 5 December 2017. The CARDI Award, was established in 2007 in collaboration with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) to honour the top achieving agricultural student in the Region at the CSEC level.

 

For a student to be eligible he/she must receive a Grade 1 in Agricultural Science (DA) and a minimum of Grade 2 in Mathematics and English A and a grade 1 or 2 in another technical or general CSEC subject. Eion who is still uncertain about his career path is currently pursuing an Associate Degree in Chemistry at the University of Guyana. He credits his success to faith, hard work, time management, proper planning, parental support and knowledge sharing. Read CARDI’s full interview with Eion @ http://bit.ly/2B6C4S0  .

Partnering to rebuild the agriculture sector in Barbuda


Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

 

Identifying suitable sites for the establishment of forage banks, Barbuda

 

CARDI is partnering with Inter-America Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), the Ministry of Agriculture Land Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs (MALFBA) and other stakeholders to revive agriculture in Barbuda following the passage of Hurricane Irma on 6th September, 2017. Focus has been placed on containing livestock whose damaged housing units has left them exposed to the elements and feral dogs. Through funding obtained under the IICA/CARDI Agreement materials have been purchased for farmers to repair and replace damaged fences. Both agencies are also collaborating with Mr Perry Phillips a forage specialist, to develop forage banks. The team visited Barbuda on 19 December to identify a suitable site for the establishment of these forage banks.

 

Protected structures were also devastated across the island from the Category 5 hurricane. Garden Pool a US-based company will be assisting with the development of climate resilient structures. A protected but portable aquaponics system which can easily be deconstructed and stored in the event of another hurricane began in December at the Sir Mc Chesney George Secondary School. Apiculture work has also begun, new hive boxes were imported from the USA and set up in Barbuda. Bees were not being introduced from Antigua as the Varroa mite has been identified on the island.

 

During the first quarter of 2018, the CARDI Antigua and Barbuda Unit will begin distributing seeds and seedlings to farmers.

New CARDI Representative for St Lucia


Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Andrea Veira is the new CARDI Representative in St Lucia

 

Andrea Veira has been appointed the new CARDI Representative in St Lucia. Andrea is currently finalising her PhD thesis on “Agro–ecological techniques for sweet potato production in the Caribbean”. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Derby, a Postgraduate Diploma in the Teaching of Science and  a BSc in Biology with Education from The University of the West Indies (UWI), Barbados. Prior to joining CARDI she held various tutoring positions at The UWI Cave Hill Campus and taught at secondary schools in St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados.

 

As the CARDI Representative she will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives and other partners to implement the national agricultural agenda which has a strong focus on the production of roots and tubers, coconuts and vegetables.

 

Andrea has considerable experience in ICTs, agro-ecology, research, training and communications which will be very relevant in the implementation of the Institute’s new Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022.

CARDI to roll out new strategic plan 2018-2022


Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

 

Under the CARDI Strategic Plan 2018-2022, youth and gender will be a key cross cutting issue

 

During the first quarter, CARDI will be rolling out its new Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022. The Strategic Plan is the Institute’s five- year road map for transforming regional agriculture into a modernised, competitive, innovative and resilient sector. To translate our vision into action CARDI will focus its work over the next five years on four Strategic Programmes: Value Chain Services; Policy and Advocacy; Institutional Strengthening  and Partnerships and Strategic Alliances.

 

Key deliverables under the Strategic programmes will enable the Institute to contribute, in the short term, to increases in food supply to the Region, and in the medium term, to the stability of the agricultural sector, food and nutrition security and reduction in hunger and poverty.

 

The Strategic Plan has been shared with stakeholders in all member states, through a series of consultations. Based on feedback, priority programmes closely aligned to each country’s agriculture development policies and CARDI’s Strategic Plan are being developed, packaged and rolled out as operational plans at both the national and regional levels. Critical to implementation will be partnerships within and outside of the sector.

 

The CARDI core values of Partnerships, Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability, Transparency and People Centredness will guide our staff in achieving the Institute’s mission of “contributing to the sustainable development of the Caribbean by the co-generation, diffusion, and application of knowledge through agricultural research for development”.

CARDI Ministers’ Brief, January 2018


Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

CARDI Ministers’ Brief, January 2018

Contents:

CARDI to roll out new strategic plan 2018-2022

New CARDI Representative for St Lucia

Partnering to rebuild the agriculture sector in Barbuda

Rewarding youth in agriculture

CARDI VACANCY – Technician, CARDI Trinidad and Tobago Unit


Monday, January 15th, 2018

The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) an autonomous Institute funded by Member Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) invites applications for the position of Technician located at our CARDI Trinidad and Tobago Unit in Trinidad.

Please see the Vacancy Notice and Position Description for additional details

The deadline date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 31 January, 2018.

Caribbean Agro-climatic Bulletin of the CariSAM, December 2017


Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

The December 2017 issue of the Caribbean Agro-climatic Bulletin of the CariSAM, a joint bulletin of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) is now available.

 

KEY MESSAGES

Even though most of the region is entering into its dry sea-son, there is the possibility for normal to above normal rain-fall as well as flash flooding in some territories. However, there are few concerns for short-term drought and interests in Antigua, The Bahamas, central-west Belize, western Cuba, western Jamaica, and Haiti should monitor water reserves.

 

A long-term drought situation continues for the central parts of The Bahamas, and is now likely for Haiti. Interests in The Bahamas should also watch for a long-term drought situation over the northern part of the island.

 

CARDI VACANCY – Livestock Scientist, CARDI Guyana Unit, Guyana


Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) an autonomous Institute funded by Member Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) invites applications for the position of Livestock Scientist located at our CARDI Unit in Guyana. 

Please see the Vacancy Notice and Position Description for additional details

The deadline date for receipt of applications is 28 December, 2017.

CARDI VACANCY – Graduate Assistant, CARDI Guyana Unit, Guyana


Monday, December 11th, 2017

The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) an autonomous Institute funded by Member Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) invites applications for the position of Graduate Assistant located at our CARDI Guyana Unit in Guyana.  Two positions of Graduate Assistant.

Please see the Vacancy Notice and Position Description for additional details

The deadline date for receipt of applications is 28 December, 2017.

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