July 7th – 20th 2013
Wed 10th Cottage Food and Beverage Cluster: Breakfast Seminar Cara Suites Hotel Trinidad and Tobago Mon 15th Consultation with the US Food and Drug Association on the Food Safety Modernization Act Hilton Trinidad Hotel & Conference Centre Trinidad and Tobago Tues 17th – Fri 19th Caribbean Regional Training Workshop on Drafting Legislation for Implementation of BRS Conventions Trinidad and Tobago

Events that directly and indirectly impact agricultural development

ExporTT’s Cottage Food and Beverage Cluster host ed a free session for local, smallscale food or beverage producers interested in export markets. The session included informative presentations for preparing small-scale producers to meet the requirements of export markets. Seminar topics included manufacturing for export; sourcing funds; standards and product testing, marketing, packaging and labelling and information on services being made available to exporters from trade support institutions. For further details, contact: Shamilla Khan <skhan@exportt.co.tt> <1 868 496 9983> The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment (MTII), of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and export are hosting this national consultation on the response of producers/exporters to production and consequently export requirements introduced/enforced under the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In essence the FSMA puts the responsibility on government institutions to ensure that companies comply with food standards prior to export. The consultation will focus on identifying and outlining the kinds of systems and infrastructure that are needed to support conformance with the FSMA requirements. For more info, contact Shanna Ramesar-Beharry: <ramesarsh@gov.tt> <1 868 623 2931 ext. 2225> or Leah Carrington: carringtonl@gov.tt <1 868 623 2932 ext 2226> For information on the FSMA, go to: <http://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/fsma/default.htm> This workshop is being convened by the Caribbean Hub Sub-Component of the Porject for Capacity building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) – Caribbean. MEAs are legally-binding agreement between three or more states which seek to address trans-boundary issues relating to the environment through a platform for international cooperation. This is inclusive of treatment on pollution (e.g. persistent organic pollutants/POPs), protection of special/endemic ecosystems, biosafety and climate change which, besides their direct threats to human life, are also closely linked to sustainable agriculture, food safety and food and nutrition security. This workshop is intended to promote Caribbean parties’ implementation of and compliance with the provisions of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS Conventions) by providing training in drafting national legislation or regulations pertaining to MEA implementation. For more info, contact: <bcrc.caribbean@gmail.com> For further details go to: <http://bcrc-caribbean.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/acp-meacaribbean-hubbcrc-caribbean.html>
What’s on the Agenda for Next Week?

Sundae Festival Sun 21st July 2013 Hasely Crawford Stadium, Trinidad and Tobago Sundae Fest is an ice-cream lover’s paradise featuring ice cream, frozen treats and specialty foods. One of the most interesting features of the event is that it highlights local producers who host a wide range of frozen treats/snacks made with local and exotic fruits and foodstuffs. This is a valuable opportunity for developing and promoting value-added agricultural products. For more info, go to: http://www.sundaefest.com/#!sundae-market/c15h7 Please share information about your events to keep all stakeholders informed and updated on time to Diana.Francis@iica.int and/or carapnet@gmail.com

Caribbean Regional Agriculture Policy Network – supported by IICA, the CTA and agricultural professionals in the Caribbean

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