CARDI Trinidad and Tobago Open Day 2011

Photo: Tour of a Protected Agriculture Operation

The Trinidad and Tobago Unit of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) hosted the 3rd Annual Open Day “Improving lives through agricultural research” on December 02nd, 2011.

The day’s activities included an opening ceremony, exhibition and a mini-tour which showcased the work being conducted by CARDI at a Protected Agriculture Operation and Sweet Potato Demonstration Plot.

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Vacancy: Scientist I

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  Scientist I  at its…

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PROTECTED AGRICULTURE LECTURE

Protected Agriculture Lecture

The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) hosted a seminar on protected agriculture on 14th September 2011 in Trinidad and Tobago. Presentations were made by scientists from the CAAS on the development of protected horticulture in China as well as greenhouse design.  For copies of the presentations

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CARDI Public Lecture by Dr S. Ayyappan, Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research

Top Indian Scientist gives talk on self sufficiency in food production

Dr S. Ayyappan, Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) gave a public lecture on how agricultural research and development in India has helped to reduce hunger in that country.  The public lecture was held at the Festival Ballroom, Crowne Plaza, Trinidad on October 17, 2011.

A copy of the presentation AR4D & Food Security (File size 26MB) is available at:

http://www.cardi.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/AR4D-Food-Security.pdf

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CTA Excellence in Communicating in Agriculture Awards 2011

Roseau, Dominica….The Excellence in Communicating in Agriculture Awards 2011 was presented to the winners of the first edition of the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Co-operation (CTA) Caribbean Awards in Dominica, at the Official Opening of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture and Trade Expo at the National Stadium.

The winners are:

  • The Best News Story (Print) goes to Gaulbert Sutherland of the Stabroek News newspaper of Guyana.
  • The Best Business Feature (Print) was submitted by Shaliza Hassanali of the Trinidad Guardian.
  • The Best Television News story is Carry Bishop of the Jamaica Information Service.
  • The Best News Story (Radio) was won by Antoinette Frederick of WINN FM, St Kitts and Nevis.

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CARDI to sign agreement with Indian institution

Roseau, Dominica…You are invited to attend a media conference for the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement  between the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development (CARDI) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) of India takes place during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture in Dominica on October 14, 2011 at the Fort Young Hotel, Roseau at 4:30 pm.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is one of the world’s largest organizations dedicated to agricultural research. ICAR was a major driver of the Green Revolution, which in the 1970s doubled food production in many developing countries. India is now self sufficient in food production despite its large population of over 1 billion people and this is largely due to the work of ICAR in the last 40 years.

The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) is the only Caribbean regional agricultural research institute and as such it is recognized by the revised treaty of Chaguaramas.

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Caribbean Week of Agriculture News

The 10th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) is being held in Roseau, Dominica from the 9th to 15th October 2011.  For news on CWA activities please read the following reports / press releases:

  • Agricultural lands under threat in the Caribbean The increasing possibility of more arable lands in the Caribbean falling out of production due to salination (lacking in organic content on account of rising sea levels and salt water intrusion) is of great concern to the region’s agronomists.

Professor Nazeer Ahmad, Professor Emeritus, University of the West Indies, said some 9,000 hectares of land in Jamaica alone is out of production because of saline water intrusion. The case is even more chronic in some other Caribbean nations. He was addressing the topic of “Soil water management system for a drier Caribbean” at a Climate Change Adaptation in Caribbean Agriculture workshop hosted by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) as part of the CWA activities.

  • Rainwater is King.  Expert says rainfall is king both for water supply and agriculture.  Caribbean nations must be more cognizant of the importance of its rainwater resources, more so in this era of climate change.  That’s the view of the University of the West Indies’, Dr. Michael Taylor as he addressed environment and agriculture stakeholders at the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Co-operation (CTA) Climate Change Adaptation – Water Management workshop, which was held at Roseau’s Pastoral Centre.

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Agricultural Journalism Awardees Announced

Organisers of the Excellence in Caribbean Agricultural Journalism Awards 2011 wish to announce the winners of the first edition of the regional awards.

The competition was organised by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), with assistance from the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation ACP-EU (CTA) (more…)

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