CARDI joined the regional agricultural community in mourning the loss of eminent agricultural scientist and researcher Dr. Frances Chandler.
Dr Chandler’s career in agriculture spanned more than 50 years, the majority of which was spent with the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI).
During her time at CARDI she is remembered for her pioneering work on the production and handling of onions. The result of her research activities in this area not only had a positive impact on trade internationally and within the wider CARICOM Region but it also formed the basis of her Ph.D thesis.
In Barbados, Dr Chandler was the lead agronomist on a research team investigating the replacement of corn with cassava in pig and poultry feeds. Through sound agronomic practices she was able to successfully increase the production of cassava from 7 tonnes per ha to 40 tonnes per ha. This facilitated the replacement of 15% and 25% of corn with cassava in poultry and pig feeds respectively.
Dr. Chandler also led evaluation trials for anthracnose tolerant varieties of yams in Barbados. Today the varieties she selected are still being cultivated commercially on the island.
In paying his tribute, Executive Director, Barton Clarke recalls that Dr. Chandler was “a most professional officer to serve Barbados, CARDI and the Caribbean’s agriculture sector. Her disciplined and dedicated service and exemplary accomplishments have made a positive contribution to agricultural development across the Region”.
Dr. Chandler has authored more than 40 publications many of which have been published in regional and international journals.
The management and staff of CARDI express our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Frances. May she rest in peace.