17th edition of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture set for October

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The 17th edition of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) will be held from 9-13 October, 2023 in the Bahamas, under the theme ‘Accelerating vision 25 by 2025’


This is the first face to face CWA following the COVID 19 pandemic. The last edition was held virtually in 2021. Preparations are underway for a number of events to be hosted by CARDI and other partner organizations including the CARICOM Secretariat, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). These include the statutory meetings of regional agriculture organizations, a Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) and the Trade Show and Exhibition. The technical seminars during the week will shine a spotlight on creating resilience in the sector; rebounding from the pandemic; food security; climate change, enhancing intra-regional trade and reducing the food import bill by 25% by 2025.


CARDI as the lead agency for agriculture development in the Caribbean, has fully subscribed to Vision 25 x 2025 and has aligned our research agenda to address production gaps and develop the value chains of some of the key commodities identified by the Ministerial Task Force for import replacement.


CARDI will be partnering with the International Trade Center (ITC) to update stakeholders on the activities under the Regional Coconut project zeroing in on those initiatives aimed at increasing the supply of planting material. The Institute will also share insights into the ongoing work to strengthen the small ruminants value chain in the Region focusing on the utilization of forages and non-conventional feed resources. In addition, technical sessions will also address key constraints to agricultural development in the Region, including plant breeding, transboundary pests and diseases management and the adoption of digital technologies. The latter will focus on TR4, Swine Fever, Fusarium Wilt, Lethal Yellowing and the Giant African Snail. Interested persons will have the opportunity to participate virtually in these sessions.


During the seminar Digitizing the Future of Agriculture CARDI will launch the project ‘Innovative Early Detection Pest and Disease Management System using IoTree® sensor in the Real-Time Digital Monitoring of South American Palm weevil for Conserving Coastal Coconut Palms in Select CARIFORUM Countries.’ It is one of 13 innovative projects under the Harnessing Innovative Technologies to support Resilient Settlements on the Coastal Zones of the Caribbean (HIT RESET) project. The project will introduce never before used technology in the Region to monitor and detect the presence of the South American Palm Weevil (SAPW) in coconut palms in 9 coastal communities in Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia.


On Wednesday 11th October, CARDI will hosts its 36th Meeting of the Board of Governors, where the work programme for 2024 will be presented as well as report on the achievements of 2023.


The Institute continues to support the various organising committees and looks forward to a successful week.