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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Vacancy: Greenhouse Technology Specialist

The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) wishes to recruit on a contractual basis a suitably qualified and experienced consultant for a project funded by the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) in respect of which CARDI is the designated project executing agency. (more…)

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Vacancy: Media Networking Consultant

The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) an autonomous Institute funded by member countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) invites applications for a short term consultancy (6 months) on Media Networking at its Headquarters in, UWI Campus St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, beginning on May 23, 2011. (more…)

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Vacancy: Senior Accountant

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 Senior Accountant at its Headquarters in Trinidad.
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Young Leaders Agriculture Forum

The Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is now accepting applications for IICA’s Third Hemispheric Forum for Young Leaders in Agriculture, to be held over the period 2-6 August 2010, in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. (more…)

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CARDI on Display

The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) introduced the Open Day to provide opportunities for the Institute to have face-to-face meetings, feedback and exchange of information with its stakeholders and partners across the Caribbean Region. (more…)

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Agriculture, Climate Change and Food Security at COP 16

Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) 2010, was held on 4 December 2010.  It is the second year that this activity has been featured parallel to the United Nation Climate Change Conference, COP16, and (29 November – 10 December 2010), where over 400 researchers, government representatives, farmers, the private sector, NGOs,  and representatives of international agencies met to discuss and propose strategies to bring agriculture sector adaptation and mitigation strategies to the forefront of the global climate treaty negotiations. (more…)

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IICA/CARDI Excellence in Journalism Awards Launched

Agriculture – Rooting for Sustainable Development is the theme for the 2010/2011 IICA/CARDI Media Award for Excellence in Agricultural Journalism. This year’s award is targeted towards full time and free lance journalists working with daily newspapers, radio and television, particularly those covering agriculture on a regular basis. (more…)

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