CARDI Day 2021 like most other celebrations this year, will be quiet and understated. For the second year running the COVID -19 pandemic has forced us to scale back our activities and consider virtual events in place of our usual face to face interactions.
Agriculture can reverse these worrying trends, and on the occasion of our 47th Anniversary we wish to reaffirm our commitment to the regional community on changing the trajectory of regional agriculture. CARDI is committed to providing the science based solutions to lead this transformation and repositioning of the sector. The Institute will continue to leverage the breadth of our expertise and extensive partnerships to build a climate smart, dynamic, sustainable and productive agriculture sector. Together with the right innovations and investments we will position the Caribbean’s agriculture sector to be an engine for food and nutrition security, sustainable growth, employment and resilience. Together we can build back better and stronger!
So, as we look towards the future, CARDI in 2022 will continue to spotlight, introduce and validate innovative practices, new tools and emerging technologies which can transform agriculture into an important economic pillar for the region. Some of priority areas of focus will be renewable energy, climate smart agriculture, agrobiodiversity conservation, value chain and agribusiness development. We know that youth engagement and integrating information and communication technologies (ICTs) in agriculture will be real game changers and so we’ll continue to expand these programmes.
2021 has been beset with challenges, but we’ve weathered the storms. We wish to thank the Board of Governors and Board of Directors, all partners, donors and collaborators for their steadfast support.
To all staff – the people who work every day to build a better institute, thank you for your commitment and selfless service.
 FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. 2021. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021. Transforming food systems for food security, improved nutrition and affordable healthy diets for all. Rome, FAO. Available online http://www.fao.org/3/cb4474en/cb4474en.pdf
 Note that for the Caribbean the data quoted was obtained from the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.