French student completes CARDI internship

Tiana Rakotoson completes CARDI Internship

 

French student Tiana Rakotoson has completed a 5-month internship programme at CARDI’s Trinidad and Tobago Unit. Tiana, a second year student at Agrocampus Ouest in France, was involved in the establishment of stakeholder innovation platforms for sweet potato in Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat and Jamaica. Stakeholder platforms are part of CARDI’s Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) approach to developing commodity value chains. The AIS approach emphasises interaction and collaboration among the various actors along the value chain. This drives innovation, resulting in enhanced agricultural productivity, improved agricultural products and efficiency across value chains. Tiana was also involved in the preparation of several information products.

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CARDI Barbados has an impressive showing at Agrofest 2018

Students listening attentively to CARDI’s work in forages

 

CARDI Barbados showcased its work at the recently held Agrofest, the largest agricultural exhibition in the country.

 

CARDI promoted the utilisation of locally grown inputs such as cassava and sweet potato peels and mulberry leaves in feed formulations for small ruminants as a means of reducing the cost of production. The institute also took the opportunity to sensitise the public to the characteristics of different varieties of hot peppers and cassava, provided growing tips for hot peppers, corn, cassava, onions and sweet potato and demonstrated propagation of cassava using one and two node cuttings. Visitors to the booth received seed samples and were encouraged by CARDI staff to start a backyard garden.

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Supporting farming groups to restart agriculture production in Dominica

28 February 2018, Roseau – Representatives from 8 farming groups across Dominica, will today receive farming inputs including fertilisers and weedicides; fencing and irrigation materials and small farm tools and equipment to help restart agriculture production. These materials which have been procured under the CARDI/IICA partnership will be presented by Officer in Charge of the CARDI Dominica Unit, Dorian Etienne to representatives of these groups. The handing over ceremony will take place at the CARDI Office, Valley Road from 10 a.m.

 

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries will also receive a cheque for USD 12,000 from CARDI. This will assist in helping the Ministry to pay for some of the emergency relief supplies that were immediately required following the passage of Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

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Rewarding youth in agriculture

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…

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