Some hotels and restaurants are continuing to reap success – and farmers are smiling all the way to the bank – under a farm project financed by the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund.
Every morning Ernise drops her children to school and makes a beeline for the workshop owned by the Association of Valiant Women of Limonade (RAFAVAL) in the Limonade town center in the Nord department of Haiti. This woman is going to meet up with other members of her association to transform local cocoa into chocolate. The organization operates in the agribusiness sector and offers products derived from cocoa grown in the area to a large and diverse public.
In the rolling hills of Wallen, St Catherine, lie extensive acres of farmland yielding a bounty of produce. Here, farming is mostly pursued by men; however, 57-year-old Olive Morgan-Gordon is among the few women challenging the norm, in the field labouring from dusk till dawn.
Barbados is attempting to cut import costs by celebrating local food. Spooning raw yellowfin tuna caught off the Barbados coast into a mould and finishing the plate with a wave of sliced avocado, Rhea Gilkes strives to include as many local ingredients as she can on the menu of the upmarket Fusion Rooftop restaurant.
At just 15 years old, Matthew Thomas has already made a name for himself locally as the farmer whose 1,740-pound Jamaican Braham bull won the Champion Bull “Other Beef Breeds” category for two consecutive years at the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.
It is with pride and honour that the Government of Barbados joins with the Alliance for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and the Rural Milieu to extend an invitation for you to join us at this year’s Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA), to be held October 8 to 12, 2018. Now in its fifteenth year, CWA offers a forum for agriculturalists, agro-processors and entrepreneurs from the public and private sectors across the region, and further afield, to come together to discuss issues of significance impacting agriculture and to identify solutions to the myriad of constraints hindering the development of the sector.
CTA has recently interviewed Torin Gilalta, technical officer at the Caribbean Agri-business Association (CABA). CABA works to provide a private sector mechanism to facilitate organized, coordinated planning and development of regional programmes and projects in the agri-business sector in CARICOM.
Convinced of the need for her native Trinidad to diversify its economy, Laura Superville was keen to set up a business based on local produce. The result is a range of wines based on the aroma and taste of tropical fruits, which has opened up a new career path for this young agripreneur, as well as job opportunities for other members of the community.