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Daily Archives: October 9, 2014

NGO disappointed with region’s response to Year of Family Farmers

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Oct 9 — The head of a regional network of small farmers has expressed disappointment with the region’s response to the International Year of Family Farming. The United Nations has declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, in an effort to highlight the potential family farmers have to eradicate hunger, preserve natural resources and promote sustainable development. ...

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CARDI head to quit by year-end

by Kenton Chance PARAMARIBO, Suriname — Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research Institute (CARDI), Dr. Arlington Chesney has confirmed that he will leave the institute by the end of this year. “I think I should leave. When I joined CARDI, I said I would come for three years, and it [has been] seven years. As most of you know, ...

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CTA committed to help create opportunities for Caribbean agriculture

by Kenton Chance PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Oct. 9, — The main financier of Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA), the region’s premier agricultural event, says its plans for interventions in the Caribbean during the coming years reaffirm its determination to help create agribusiness opportunities for farmers. Michael Hailu, director of the ACP/EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) told the ...

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Agricultural cooperation between Caribbean and Pacific regions moves forward at 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture

Inter-regional cooperation for agricultural and rural development has moved a step closer with the announcement that the Pacific region is planning to hold a regional week of agriculture in 2015. The event has been inspired by the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA), whose 13th edition is currently under way in Paramaribo, Suriname,  according to the minister of agriculture for Vanuatu, ...

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Guyana wants anti-microbial resistance put on international agenda

Guyana plans to ask the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom)to start taking steps to place the use of antibiotic resistance on the international agenda to ensure food security and human safety. Health Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy told a session on Antimicrobials at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA2014) that he would ask the agricultural ministerial meeting of the Caricom Council for ...

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Regional Youth take film prizes at Caribbean week of Agriculture- Winners from St. Lucia and Jamaica

Several young people saw the Caribbean Week of Agriculture’s second film competition as an opportunity to pursue their dreams while also encouraging their peers to seize the moment. The competition, which attracted over 20 entries from around the region, had as its theme “Adding Value to Local Foods”, and invited interpretation of the theme using film and video, including animation, ...

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Haiti’s family-farming reaping rewards

Haiti’s largely family farming-oriented agriculture appear to be reaping rich rewards for that poverty-stricken country , officials reported on Thursday at the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture being held in Suriname. Haitian officials, speaking through an interpreter, showcased their progress by showing off statistics that food production has increased by 15 percent over the last two years and consumption has ...

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Suriname to help Caribbean fight Black Sigatoka

Suriname is preparing to help the rest of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) fight the dreaded Back Sigatoka disease that can wipe out plantain and banana farms, a senior regional official said Wednesday. That disease was recently found in several parts of Guyana, but it now appears to be under control after that country’s National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute ...

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