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Week Oct 4 - 10, 2010
Events directly and indirectly related to agricultural development
Agriculture Month 1 – 31 October Guyana
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“Soil Sampling Week” 3 – 8 Oct 2010 Guyana Regional Workshop on the Identification of Pest of the Order: Heteroptera 4 – 7 Oct 2010 Grenada
October, Agriculture Month in Guyana with a theme “Fighting global hunger through Agriculture Diversification in Guyana. The month features activities to highlight achievements and showcase products from the sector. Guyana's Food Security Strategy will also be launched. At a September media briefing, Chairperson of the Agriculture Coordinating Committee, Mr. Basdeo Dwarla indicated that Guyana is known as a food secure country and increasing agriculture production through the Ministry’s Agricultural Export Diversification Programme (ADP), would contribute to combating world hunger. Livestock, an important part of the ADP, will also be distributed. The National Agricultural Research Institute's (NARI's) will also support expansion of fruit and vegetable production. Other activities include a Pesticide and Residue and Safety forum emphasizing the health aspect. The month's activities are linked to the FAO’s World Food Day theme -“United against hunger.” Dr. Fullerton of the Eastern Caribbean Fertilizer Company (Barbados) Ltd (ECFCO) in collaboration with Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) will be conducting field seminars concerning soil sampling and balanced plant nutrition for rice, from October 3 – 8, 2010 in Guyana The USDA-APHIS in collaboration with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) CARICOM Secretariat with technical expertise provided by the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA) are planning and executing this workshop that will focus on pests of quarantine importance of the Order Heteroptera. The proposed training in the identification of Heteropteran pests is a continuation of efforts in the Region to increase capacity in identification of pests of economic/quarantine importance. A similar workshop was held in 2009 focusing on the Order Coleoptera. There are many Heteropteran pests that are of quarantine importance to the Caribbean Region. Some of these such as the cotton seed bug are present in some countries while others such as those that belong to the family Pentatomidae are plant feeders, many of which are of significant economic importance. The impact of Invasive Alien Species (such as those belonging to the Order Heteroptera) on agriculture is arguably one of the most important challenges facing countries globally and in particular in the Caribbean Region. The ability to increase production or maintain current levels of production has been threatened by outbreaks of pests. Thus increasing the pest identification capacity in the Region is a priority. The 20th Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) will be held at FAO Headquarters in Rome during the period 4 – 8 October 2010. The COFO is one of the FAO governing bodies and its biennial sessions bring together forestry senior government officials to identify emerging issues and advise FAO on appropriate actions. This year, discussions will be centered on the new challenges faced by forestry as a result of a changing climate, in particular:- (a). The balance needed between forests for people, climate change and conservation of biological diversity; (b).The issue of forest fires and the linkages to climate change; (c). The impact of climate change on water flows from forests; (d). Emerging sources of finance for forests widely and equitably. World forest week will take place simultaneously with the COFO and will offer a series of events, including a panel of scientists and Heads of Forestry on Reducing Emissions for Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and an international conference on “Emerging Economic Mechanisms: Implications for Forest-Related Policies and Sector Governance”. An information event on “The current status of REDD+: national and international developments” will also be organized on 5th October, by the UN-REDD Programme to provide an update of new developments in the REDD+ arena, including lessons learnt from the implementation of activities and plans for future national strategies. The schedule of COFO 2010 (including WFW events) is available at http://www.fao.org/forestry/coco/en/. IICA Trinidad and Tobago Office, celebrates its IICA Day Oct 7 2010, marking 32 years since IICA has been in Trinidad and Tobago. To commemorate this event, IICA will host the Network of Rural Women Producers and other Institutional Colleagues at its St. Augustine office to also celebrate “Women in Agriculture”. The Institute has included a Special Session in the Thirtieth Meeting of the Executive Committee to hold its first international forum on the subject of women in agriculture. This forum is being held within the framework of Inter-American Year of Women declared by the Organization of American States (OAS). On the same day, IICA will celebrate its 68th Anniversary since the founding of the Institute. The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards will be hosting a workshop on organic agriculture at the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, 1-2 Century Drive, Trincity Industrial Estate, Macoya, from 9:00am – 4:00pm. The workshop aims to bring together participants involved in various areas of the organic food chain including input suppliers, producers, processors, researchers as well as individuals involved in marketing and distribution. The main objective:- 1) To identify the critical needs of the organic agri-food sector; 2) To assist the industry in further exploring or expanding business opportunities; 3) To solicit comments and feedback from participants on the Code of Practice for Organically Produced Foods; 4) To foster linkages among stakeholders in the organic agri-food chain.
20th Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) 4 – 8 Oct 2010 Rome
World Forest Week 2 (WFW) 5 – 7 Oct 2010 Rome
IICA Day Celebration 07 Oct 2010 Trinidad
Organic AgriFood Stakeholder’s Workshop 8 Oct 2010 Trinidad
CABI IAS Project 2nd International Project Steering Committee Meeting (St. Lucia); National Consultations
Also in the month of October:
On Agriculture (St. Kitts), Caribbean Week of Agriculture (Grenada); 3rd Annual Permaculture Design Course (Trinidad); Details provided in the respective Week Agriculture Agenda and in the full monthly calendars which can be viewed on www.carapn.net. Please keep sharing information about your events to help us keep all stakeholders informed and updated on time. Send your information to Diana.Francis@iica.int and or email@example.com ANNOUNCEMENT: DEADLINE EXTENDED ON UNDP’S REGIONAL CONTEST FOR RURAL INNOVATIVE PROJECTS TO 3RD DECEMBER 2010. The theme is “Microenterprise Development, Income Generating Activity & Innovation, focusing on Youth Rural enterprises, Micro-credit and Innovation and Transformation of Agriculture”. The contest is open to all types of organized or registered and rural groups and associations in the OECS, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Application form can be downloaded from http://www.bb.undp.org/innovative-projects or copy requested from firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: The Project Coordinator, CARUTA, UNDP, UN House, Marine Gardens, Hastings, Christ Church, BARBADOS.
a project of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation