Preparations for hosting the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 6-12 October, 2014, in Paramaribo, Suriname, are well advanced, according to organisers of the event.

Suriname, on 15 August, launched the 13th edition of the CWA with the introduction of the event’s logo as well as the logo for Suriname’s Agro Food Event 2014 (SAFE), an exhibition and trade fair that is being held for the first time, and which will coincide with the CWA.

 

The CWA is the Community’s premier agricultural event which will be hosted this year by the government of Suriname, in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat under the theme `Transforming Caribbean Agriculture Through Family Farming’.

Elaborating on the theme, His Excellency Soeresh Algoe, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of Suriname said that family farming was the backbone of food production.

“Fostering, uplifting and transforming this institute of family farming should be our main goal when we are thinking about ensuring national and Regional food security, and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Transforming the institute of family farming will strengthen our production and export base of agricultural produce and therefore contribute to sustainable socio-economic growth of our countries and CARICOM as a whole,” Minister Algoe said.

The CWA, which will be held at the Suriname Chamber of Commerce and Industry Conference, Exhibition and Trade Fair complex, will be officially opened on Wednesday 8 October. The exhibition and trade show will also be opened on Wednesday.

During the week, farmers, youth and women in agriculture, policy-makers, experts in the field of agriculture and other stakeholders, will participate in activities aimed at charting the Region’s path in the important sector. The activities include seminars and workshops, a special meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) and fora of regional agriculture organisations such as the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Ministers of Agriculture.

A major event on Wednesday October 8, 2014 is the Meeting of the Alliance for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and the Rural Milieu (‘The Alliance”), which will be chaired by Hon Saboto Caeser, Minister of Agriculture of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Presentations from successful family farmers in the Region and on Suriname’s approach to family farming will be made.

Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) was conceptualized as a facility to place agriculture and rural life on the front burner of regional integration activities. The CWA enables key decision-makers in the public and private sectors to better acknowledge the importance of agriculture and rural life to the economic, social and environmental stability of the region. The event also provides an opportunity for major stakeholders in agriculture and related sectors to dialogue and forge a common vision for the repositioning of agriculture and the enhancement of rural life.

To ensure that CWA 2014 is a resounding success, the CARICOM Secretariat is working very closely with the Government of Suriname, CARDI, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN), Caribbean Agri-Business Association (CABA) and the OECS Commission.

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Participating Countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bahamas
  • Dominica
  • Guyana
  • Grenada
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • Suriname
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidad and Tobago

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