The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Barry Innocent, as its new Country Representative in St Lucia.
A true agriculturalist, Mr. Innocent has more than 35 years working in agriculture and rural development at the national, regional and international levels. Mr. Innocent comes from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security and Rural Development, where he served as the Deputy Director of Agriculture Services. Prior to that he held positions at the Windward Islands Banana Growers Association Research Division (WINBAN), and at the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN). Mr. Innocent has also volunteered for anti-poverty work with the All Together in Dignity to Overcome Poverty Fourth World, in London.
Partnerships are central to the work of the institute. As the CARDI Representative, Mr. Innocent will work in collaboration with strategic partners, including the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security and Rural Development, to implement the Institute’s programme of work. Presently, in St. Lucia, there is a strong focus on the development of the coconut and roots and tubers industries, training and capacity building and development of several fruits and vegetable value chains.
Mr. Innocent has a Master of Arts in Rural Social Development, from the University of Reading, England. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma, in Agricultural Extension, from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus and a Diploma in the Practice & Science of Agriculture, from the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture & Forestry (E.C.I.A.F.), Trinidad and Tobago. He also has specializations in psychosocial aspects of agricultural and rural development, and has a passion for agricultural innovation and research.
Mr. Innocent’s experience and expertise in the field of agriculture, and rural development will be an asset for the implementation and expansion of CARDI’s footprint in St Lucia and regionally.
The management and staff warmly welcomes Mr. Innocent to the CARDI team.