Caribbean Week of Agriculture Launched in Barbados Today
The 15th edition of Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) was launched in the host Member State – Barbados today and plans are in place for a packed week of activities: 8-12 October 2018. The Barbados Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, the Hon. Indar Weir, in his remarks, stated that CWA was significant to both Barbados and the Caribbean region. He said the event was occurring at a time when economies were in need of stimulation and food security was also a top agenda item. Minister Weir indicated that Agriculture had a key role to play in food security and restoring confidence to economies.
Minister Weir made mention of the challenges of climate change with reference to last year’s significant hurricane damage to Dominica and the need for building resilience. He underscored the role of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and the free movement of persons within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) with options for Barbadians to travel to other CARICOM Member States. The host Minister opined that the CWA provided the opportunity for the CSME to be meaningful for Caribbean people.
CWA 2018 begins next Monday with a series of activities including presentations from regional agriculture stakeholders including the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Inter-American Institute for Corporation on Agriculture (IICA), the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) as well as from the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
This is the first time Barbados is hosting the Caribbean Week of Agriculture.