Coconut industry benefits from CARDI project

Coconut heaven

Since the implementation of the Caribbean Coconut Industry Development Project two-and-a-half years ago, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has made several strides in improving the local coconut industry through training as well as the establishment of new nurseries among other targeted initiatives.

The four-year project was undertaken through a partnership between CARDI and the International Trade Centre (ITC), with funding provided by the European Union. It was aimed at improving income and employment opportunities, food security, and overall competitiveness of the Caribbean coconut sector.

Participating countries in the project include Jamaica, Belize, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, and Suriname, among others in the region.

According to CARDI country representative for Jamaica Dr Gregory Robin, Jamaica has the most organised coconut industry board in the region and so a partnership was developed with the local Coconut Industry Board, which had established a national stakeholder platform that addresses all the issues along the value chain, from production to the manufacturing of coconut water, oils and soaps.

Read more at: Jamaica Observer

 

Regional Nursing Body Meets in Guyana

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Nurses from across the Caribbean Community are currently gathered at the CARICOM Secretariat for the Forty-Fourth General Meeting of the Regional Nursing Body. The meeting got underway on Tuesday with an opening ceremony and will continue until Friday August 11, 2017. (more…)

PANCAP hosts HIV Edutainment event

PANCAP graphicThe Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, upon the initiative and request from the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General will facilitate an awareness activity on HIV and AIDS titled ‘HIV Edutainment Hangout’. The special initiative will focus on the children of CARICOM employees, ages 10 – 19 and will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.

The event will be hosted by the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General in close collaboration with the PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat. The first of its kind, the activity is meant to reinforce the message from PANCAP to increase HIV and AIDS education among youth in the region.

Director of PANCAP, Mr Dereck Springer, explained “we believe that education should begin at home, hence we are educating the children of CARICOM Secretariat employees on HIV and AIDS-related topics with the intention to inspire other institutions and networks within the region to conduct similar activities. PANCAP has been advocating for an increase in HIV education among youth. This was done most notably during our ‘Meeting of Youth Leaders: Sexual and Reproductive Health’ on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.” (more…)

Parliamentarians fighting against hunger in Latin America, Caribbean

Bridgetown, Barbados  – The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean in Barbados, last month hosted parliamentarians from 13 CARICOM Member States to address the issues of food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition in the region.

Member States represented were: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.  The participants featured one parliamentary representative of the sitting government and one representative of the parliamentary opposition – per country.

FAO has worked with countries around the world to establish parliamentary fronts against hunger, the aim being for both government and opposition, through a bipartisan parliamentary motion, to express a commitment and to work together towards reducing hunger to zero in their countries. (more…)

PM Harris discusses regional, global issues with President Clinton

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris and President Bill Clinton deep in conversation
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris and President Bill Clinton deep in conversation

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (SKNIS) July 25, 2017 – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris yesterday (July 24th) met with the 42nd President of the USA, President Bill Clinton, at the Clinton Global Foundation in New York. Prime Minister Harris was in New York for a forum geared at promoting partnership for expanding healthcare to Every Caribbean Woman, Every Caribbean Child.

President Clinton was a special guest at the event. Also present were the Most Honourable Mrs. Juliet Holness, First Lady of Jamaica, Her Excellency Sandra Granger, First Lady of The Co-operative Republic of Guyana, plus representatives from several women groups including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In the meeting with Prime Minister Harris and President Clinton, the two statesmen discussed the success of the Clinton Global Initiative.

President Bill Clinton, the Hon. Senator Wendy Phipps, Minister of State within the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services, and PM Timothy Harris
President Bill Clinton, the Hon. Senator Wendy Phipps, Minister of State within the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services, and PM Timothy Harris

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