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FAO official urges collaboration among aid agencies in Haiti

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The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Caribbean Coordinator, Dr. John “Deep” Forde has urged international organizations to coordinate their assistance to Haiti whose agricultural sector is showing good prospects.

His call was issued at a symposium-“Haiti’s Agri food systems and Building Regional Synergies”– at the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA 2014) that wrapped up in Paramaribo, Suriname on Friday.

“There are times when I’ve been there. I’ve felt that this is a chaotic situation…We need to bring those things together and we ask a lot of Haiti and I am asking a lot of ourselves…We need to do better in how we partner with Haiti and we need to look at ourselves and our assistance programmes and our strategies and our plans,” Forde told the participants.

He urged United Nations (UN) organizations, development banks, bilateral aid providers and non-governmental organizations to “clean up our management procedures and cooperation strategies.”

The FAO official agreed with top Haitian officials that that French Creole-speaking Caribbean islands that that country is open for business, after he heard a number of presentations about  increased domestic food production, poverty reduction and plans to increase investments in family farming and agri-business.

CWA 2014 was held from October 6 to 10 under the theme of ““Transforming Caribbean Agriculture through Family Farming.”

Senior technical and administrative officials from across the Caribbean and Latin America gathered at the Suriname Chamber of Commerce building to examine challenges and opportunities facing the agriculture sector.

The impact of climate change on fisheries and small ruminants, the use of modern Information Communications Technology in agriculture, the impact of praedial larceny on farmers, marketing techniques and the use of shade-house farming techniques were also discussed.