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CARICOM Secretary-General Highlights Need For Agriculture Transformation


Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Dr. Carla Barnett has underscored the need for agriculture transformation in remarks on Friday at the virtual launch of the 17th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA).

The Bahamas will host CWA this year from October 9-13 under the theme ‘Accelerating Vision 25 by 2025’.

The CARICOM Secretary-General noted that the theme underscores the region’s ongoing commitment to food and nutrition security, agricultural development, investment, and innovation.

“We need all hands on deck to transform our agriculture into a sustainable, productive, competitive, and food-secure block with healthy, nutritious foods for everyone,” Dr. Barnett stated.

“We must remain focused on reducing the Region’s growing food import bill, and on leveraging the agricultural sector to enhance and empower our women and young people, and our rural communities,” she told Friday’s virtual launch.

Barnett observed that with the official implementation of the 25 by 2025 initiative in 2021, the region is now at the halfway point.

The 25 by 2025 initiative aims to reduce high food imports by 25 percent by 2025.

The CARICOM Secretary-General said there had been some key achievements, and the groundwork is being laid for additional successes.

As a result, Barnett described this year’s CWA as pivotal.

She explained that it would seek to put policy into action to effectively build economic resilience and drive the inclusive socio-economic development of CARICOM.

CWA will bring together critical regional decision-makers from the public and private sectors so that stakeholders in agriculture and related sectors can continue to forge a shared vision.

The event will also feature a trade show and a Special Meeting of the Council of Trade and Economic Development (COTED) – Agriculture.

The COTED meeting will address significant policy issues such as increasing agricultural production and trade, health, and food safety.


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  1. It would be great if i can have a one on one discussion with this individual because I hate to class people as numskulls when they are making statements with such effort to justify their existence with there job requirements and nothing happens beyond that. Before you all yap you all mouth put the system in place with regards to most importantly readily available funds and manage system to manage it. Take a page from the IPED, a lending agency started up and growing rapidly in Guyana

  2. The world CANNOT live without Agriculture!! From the time KDA took the reins to lead SLU (?!?), and he made the statement that “bananas are dead, we are going tourism”, my heart and soul bled for Lucia!!! This is a very important industry, which is not only for food, but for housing, furniture, the arts in ALL its facets, and of course, $$$ in our pockets.

    @Papa … I am in so much agreement with you, where you state: “… put the system in place with regards to most importantly readily available funds and manage system to manage it …” (sic). Spot on!

    We can eat and drink agriculture – we cannot do that with tourism which is a fickle industry. Instead they allow “investors” (“neocolonialism”) to take over our little island, while we starve and/or are kept in our place.


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