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Agriculture Policy Programme (APP) Launched…Euro 8.6 Million for Regional Agriculture

May 21, 2014: The Agriculture Policy Programme, touted as 'More than a project', but more of an Opportunity to build partnerships for development of agriculture in CARIFORUM, was officially launched in Trinidad and Tobago on  Monday, 19th of May, 2014. This followed the hosting of the first formal meeting of the members of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

The Launch included a Round Table Conversation among key partners, including Ms. Kathrin Renner, Representative of the Charge d'Affairs, Delegation of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago; Dr. Arlington Chesney, Executive Director, Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI); Ms. Desire Field-Ridley, Officer in Charge, Trade and Economic Intergration, Caribbean Community Secretariat; Mr. Gregg Rawlins, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture Representative in Trinidad and Tobago and Coordinator Regional Integration, Caribbean Region; and Ms. Kimberley Gay, Coordinating Assistant, Agriculture Professional Development Programme, Agriculture Now Training Unit, Ministry of Food Production.

A conversation which provided a comprehensive big picture perspective of the APP, inclusive of the key beneficiary stakeholder groups of women and youth; highlighted the potential of a stronger regional cooperation with the Dominican Republic who has much to offer in agricultural innovation; outlined goals to nurture and grow a new generation of agriculturalists and agri-preneurs, coupled with emerging skills and careers buit in and around agriculture; and a call for climate smart farming initiatives.

The overall objective of the APP Action is to contribute to enhance the regional and interregional capabilities of the agricultural sectors in improving food and nutrition security and eradicating poverty. The APP is aimed at ultimately ensuring that small producers/entrepreneurs in CARIFORUM countries, including women and youth, are more effectively integrated into national, regional and international markets.

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Laura Tita
28 May 2014

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