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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 13:49

A passion for agriculture

It’s as simple, or as complex as that, depending on  where you stand on the multi-faceted subject of agriculture.

For Dr. Arlington Chesney, who demits office yearend as Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the declaratory statement was how he responded to a query about what drove and sustained his passion for agriculture for more than four decades. The simplicity of the statement just about summed up the man: down-to-earth, helpful to a fault, as witty as they come, highly knowledgeable and experienced.

Listen here to excerpts of an interview Dr. Chesney granted to the Communications Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat in September 2014.

 

 

Even though he is demitting office, his passion will be sustained as he will continue to offer his expertise and advice to the agriculture sector as the Region moves to accomplish the targets it has set itself. Dr. Chesney, one of the main architects of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture which is held each year, provided some insight into how the concept was developed into the premier agricultural event on the Region’s annual calendar. His exemplary service to the Caribbean was lauded during the recently concluded 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture held in Paramaribo, Suriname. Despite the progress achieved over the years, challenges still remain in the sector and Dr. Chesney highlighted some of them, including the key binding constraints, and getting the media more interested in the sector.

Building on prior experience to confront new challenges is a basic precept of ancient folk wisdom, which has informed actions in every sphere of human endeavor throughout history. Now, it also serves, logically, as the guiding principle for a novel effort aimed at getting a grip on climate change in the agriculture of Latin America and the Caribbean.

With support from the World Bank, climate experts at CIAT and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) embarked on this new initiative to help open pathways for reaching climate-smart agriculture or CSA. The joint effort responds to a daunting triple challenge: bolstering food security through sustainable increases in production, while also enhancing agriculture’s resilience in the face of climate change and mitigating future impacts through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

The 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) now has new fisheries policy, but the fishery laws of most member states are outdated.

After several years of drafting and negotiations, the Common Fisheries Policy was adopted earlier this month at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2014 held in Suriname.

Friday, 17 October 2014 17:43

Family Farming – A Way of Life

ROME, Oct 15 2014 (IPS) - It does not make the headlines, but 2014 is the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and family farming will be centre-stage at this year’s World Food Day on Oct. 16 at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

“If we are serious about fighting hunger we need to promote family farming as a way of production and also [...] as a way of life. It is much more than a way of agricultural production”, says Marcela Villarreal, Director of FAO’s Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development.

According to FAO, family farming – which is the largest employer in the world – can help combat hunger and poverty and contribute to healthy food systems. It can also play a role in protecting the environment and managing natural resources in a sustainable way.

Just two weeks after the launch of the Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture at the UN Climate Summit 2014, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is developing a range of
initiatives to tackle the impact of climate change on small-scale producers and promote climate smart agriculture (CSA) as a way of ensuring food security and building resilient agricultural systems. The first of these events, a high level workshop on “Improving climate change resilience for agriculture in the Caribbean”, was launched today at the 13 Caribbean Week of Agriculture taking place in Paramaribo, Suriname from October 6-10.

As the Caribbean grapples with the problem of an ageing agricultural population, CTA and partners are taking steps to drive youth interest in the rural sector. The Caribbean Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition, with the theme of adding value to local foods, has highlighted the value of local products and the strong contribution that young people can make to promoting Caribbean agribusiness opportunities.  

As the Caribbean grapples with the problem of an ageing agricultural population, CTA and partners are taking steps to drive youth interest in the rural sector. The Caribbean Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition, with the theme of adding value to local foods, has highlighted the value of local products and the strong contribution that young people can make to promoting Caribbean agribusiness opportunities.  

And the winner is… Node420, from Jamaica. The team’s ICT application, also called Node420, offers real-time weather analysis and automatic yield forecasts for farmers. The AgriHack Talent Caribbean contest, organised by CTA and partners, came to a close during the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA), held 6-12 October, 2014 in Paramaribo, Suriname. The winning teams designed agricultural apps that can forecast crop yields, improve pest management and put farmers in touch with market outlets.

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