The Caribbean countries have as a goal improving the food security status of the region, this require actions in several areas, from improving the agricultural production by applying better crop husbandry and control of pests and diseases, by applying better management processes to reduce losses during harvest and post-harvest stages, to improve the transformation processes and value added of the harvests, to put the final product within reach of the consumer with the right qualities and at competitive prices. 

In each of these steps, challenges are faced for which there are technologies (equipment, processes, organizational schemes…) that could be applied. While many alternatives are available, their deployment involves risks and investments that demand expertise and time, all of which come at a cost while the available resources are reduced. Therefore, it is crucial to identify which are the limiting factors in the agriculture innovation systems to focus the limited resources according to the strengths and weaknesses, so that the Caribbean can progress by enhancing its value creation processes.
IICA selected a sample of stakeholders from a wide array of sectors to gather information about expectations, visions, challenges and opportunities, to identify the main limiting factors and to understand the needs to be surmounted to achieve progress in the next decade.  The idea is to use this information to understand what the stakeholders of the region need to innovate and thus define a strategy of innovation for the Caribbean.
These stakeholders include farmer’s organizations, processors, universities and technical schools, research institutions and government, in Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana and Suriname.  Other countries will be included in the information gathering process.  Dr M Ibrahim will describe the features of PROCISUR a case of an organization that has made important achievements promoting Technological Innovation in South America.
Three CELOS’ scientists from Suriname, Mr Nelom R., Ms. Mormon and Mr Kaplan will also be participating in the seminar to share their research results in the use of Cassava in broiler feeds, the development of the Acai berry and the Integrated commercial agricultural development farms, as examples of innovation that are taking place in Suriname.
The CWA offers an ideal setting to share findings, to open a discussion and generate reactions from the participants.  With that objective in mind this 4 hours’ seminar is being offered.

Objectives
General Objective
Sharing information of real cases of Technological Innovation in progress, discussing the findings of a consultation with stakeholders in Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana and Suriname to then enter in a discussion on how to address the needs of the Caribbean in Technological Innovation.
Specific Objectives

  1. To learn about real ongoing cases of innovation that may assist the Caribbean
  2. To present the key findings about the needs and opportunities to promote Innovation.
  3. Discuss findings of challenges/opportunities which are common across countries. 
  4. To exchange ideas on how to effectively address the limitations by pooling the strengths in a well-orchestrated manner.
  5. To offer the audience the opportunity to discuss the information presented and to provide feedback.

Expected Results

  1. The participants will provide IICA and CELOS valuable information to promote innovation in Suriname and the Caribbean
  2. The participants will gain understanding of the challenges that other countries and organizations similar to theirs are facing
  3. The participants will identify opportunities to work together to address the challenges, to seize the opportunities and to generate synergies.

 

Development of the activity
There will be three sessions, the first two will consist of the presentation of work in progress in Suriname and information about IICA initiatives.  The third session will be dedicated to discussions; panel members will be invited to provide a brief account of their impressions from the information presented, following with an open discussion with the audience at large.

Programme


Start

End

Time allowance

Activities

Lead

08:30

08:43

00:13

Words of welcome

VIP 1

08:44

08:59

00:15

Opening remarks

Invited VIP 2

09:00

09:15

00:15

Self-Introduction of participants

Participants

09:16

09:36

00:20

Innovations in the agriculture system for food and nutrition security

Muhammad

09:37

09:42

00:05

Q/A session

Moderator 1

09:43

10:03

00:20

Inputs from a consultation on Technology Innovation about challenges and opportunities

Humberto

10:04

10:44

00:40

Discussion of first session

Moderator 1

10:45

11:15

00:30

Break

 

11:16

11:36

00:20

Cassava used in broiler feeds

Nelom

11:37

11:42

00:05

Q/A session

Moderator 1

11:43

12:03

00:20

Development of the Acai berry in Suriname

Mormon

12:04

12:09

00:05

Q/A session

Moderator 1

12:10

12:30

00:20

Development of integrated commercial agricultural development farms Phedra, Victoria and Babunhol.

Kaplan

12:31

14:05

01:34

Lunch

 

14:06

14:36

00:20

KAPLAN PLANNERS : From white paper to a National Masterplan and Implementation : The case of Suriname as a model for the Caribbean states  

Kaplan

14:37 

14:57

00:20

Discussion

Moderator 2

14:57

15:17

00:25

Panel members remarks

 

15:17

15:47

00:30

Open discussion

Moderator 2

15:47

15:50

00:03

Closure

Invited VIP 3

Presentations:

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IICA’s role in developing rural climate smart landscapes Muhammad Ibrahim, PhD, Manager for the Innovation Program,

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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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