Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2018 will be hosted by the Government of Barbados from 8-12 October.
Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) was conceptualized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) as a facility to place agriculture and rural life on the “front burner” of regional integration activities and in doing so enable:
- the 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; and
- for the major stakeholders in agriculture and related sectors to have an opportunity to dialogue and forge a common vision for the repositioning of agriculture and the enhancement of rural life.
The CWA is the premier event on the Agriculture calendar in the Caribbean Region. It is convened under the aegis of the Alliance for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and the Rural Milieu (‘The Alliance’). From the inaugural meeting in 1998, the two main collaborating agencies were IICA and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.
In 2002, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) joined IICA and CARICOM to establish a core group which functions as the Secretariat of The Alliance. Since then, the four agencies have collaborated on the management and logistics necessary for the convening and servicing of meetings of The Alliance as well as the myriad of activities during the CWA.
In 2003, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) became a major partner and sponsor of the CWA activities.
To date, there have been 14 editions of the CWA. The first CWA was held in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999. The last edition was held in 2016 in the Cayman Islands. It marked the first occasion that the CWA was held in an Associate Member of CARICOM. (Please see Caribbean Week of Agriculture Through the Years for entire list of hosts)
In 2018, Barbados will host the Caribbean Week of Agriculture from 8-12 October at the Barbados Hilton and the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre under the theme “Strengthening Agriculture for a Healthier Caribbean“.
CWA Through the Years
Click each for more details…
Cayman Islands – 2016
Theme – “Investing in Food & Agriculture”
Suriname – 2014
Theme – “Transforming Caribbean Agriculture through Family Farming”
Guyana – 2013
Theme – “Linking the Caribbean for Regional Food and Nutrition Security and Rural Development”
Antigua and Barbuda – 2012
Theme – “Celebrating Youth and Gender in Caribbean Agriculture – Each Endeavouring, All Achieving”
Dominica - 2011
Theme – “Caribbean Food and Nutrition Security in a Changing Climate – The Nature Island Experience”
Grenada - 2010
Theme – “Sustainable Agriculture Development to Achieve Food and Nutrition Security”
St Vincent and the Grenadines - 2008
Theme – “Innovative Agriculture and Industries – Fueling Sustainable Development”
Jamaica - 2007
Theme – “Agriculture – Harvesting Wealth Through Tourism”
The Bahamas - 2006
Theme: “Promoting Sustainable Development of Agricultural and Marine Resources”
St Kitts and Nevis - 2005
Theme – “Exploring and Enhancing Opportunities for a New Agriculture”
Grenada – 2004
Guyana – 2003
Theme – “Promoting greater Caribbean competitiveness in national, regional and international food markets”
Suriname – 2002
Dominican Republic – 2001
Theme – “Trade and Investment Opportunities for Agri-Food Enterprises”
Jamaica – 2000
Theme – “The Caribbean Agriculture Policy, Challenges for Regional Food Security; Caribbean Renewable Energy and BioEnergy Action Programme; Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture in the Caribbean”
Trinidad and Tobago - 1999
Inaugural Caribbean Week of Agriculture
Theme – “High Value Exotic Foods”