From my point of view, access to relevant agricultural information technologies, for all food products and especially within the cassava value chain, can be a promising approach to improved food security; and bringing together practitioners, decision-makers, extensionists, youth and women, in a forum to find ways of improving the cassava value chain – as CTA and partners are doing with this meeting – is very important.
On a global scale, the world production of coconut oil has reduced, however, consumption of virgin coconut oil is increasing. What more is there?
Rising food prices and declining agricultural production levels in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations have caused growing concerns and alarm for food security.
The Caribbean week of agriculture was filled with great presentations, on trade, transport, value chain development, sustainable research and food security policy. However it should be noted that the fisheries/marine science and research fields were terribly absent.
According to CEO of Port Authority Antigua and Barbuda, Mr. Darwin Telemaque, in his presentation on linkages between trade and transportation at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, the main issue is that not enough goods are being produced to be transported in the first place.
With the inclusion and support of government, civil society and the private Sector, the necessary support for developing and coordinating school feeding policies should be easy.
Mr. Barton Clarke of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) delivered riveting remarks at the opening plenary of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 which truly encompassed the importance of the agricultural value chain to the region.
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