the Agriculture Agenda

Week Sept. 20 - 26, 2010
Events directly and indirectly related to agricultural development

Mon 20
Seminar on Accompanying; Measures for ACP Sugar Protocol Countries 20 – 21 Sept. 2010 Barbados


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World Food Day Agri-Business Seminar 21 Sept 2010 Trinidad

Regional Stakeholders Consultation to reduce Praedial Larceny in Member States of Caricom 21 – 22 Sept. 2010 St. Lucia

The sugar protocol has long incorporated preferential trade arrangements with the EU for certain African, Pacific and Caribbean countries, namely Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago. Reforms of the sugar regime have improved access to the European Market for more developing countries. With the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) access to the EU market has been further opened up. The EPAs also marked the end of the long standing sugar protocol. While some Caribbean countries have terminated their export sugar industries, others, like Barbados, Belize and Guyana have implemented adjustment strategies to diversify and enhance competitiveness. The new EU rules pose major challenges not only to industry adjustment, but on the social fabric of sugar-dependent communities and economies. As a result, the EU will be providing aid worth €1.25 billion (2006-13), in addition to EDF aid, to support the adjustment process and accompanying measures to encourage adaptation and restructuring in the Caribbean sugar cane industries. It is expected that the seminar seeks to enhance understanding of these measures, including the EU country development strategy. The Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs and The World Food Day National Committee invites you to : World Food Day: Agri-Business Seminar – Building Wealth: Managing Finance and Business Risks on Tuesday 21 st September 2010, at the Graduation Pavilion, University of Trinidad and Tobago O’Meara Campus, Arima, from 8:30am to 2:00pm. Participants will benefit from sessions in the following:- (1) knowing the true cost of borrowing, (2) crop selection and scheduling; (3) selecting market options to reduce risks and (4) tracking and recording expenditure and income. Interested person can obtain further information by contacting 646-2737/8. The Technical Management Advisory Committee (TMAC) of the ‘Deficient and Uncoordinated Disaster Risk Management Including Praedial Larceny’ in the Agriculture Sector of the Jagdeo Initiative is collaborating with the CARICOM Secretariat, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to hold a Regional Stakeholders Consultation to Consider Draft Recommendations and a Plan of Action to Reduce Praedial Larceny in Member States of CARICOM at the Bay Gardens Hotel, in St. Lucia.

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Also in the month of September: Regional Policy for Food and Nutrition Security (RPFNS) Validation Workshop (CARICOM Secretariat Guyana) Regional Workshop: “Building Capacity to Support Competitive Agribusiness Development in the Caribbean” NOTICE FOR A CONTEST FOR RURAL INNOVATIVE PROJECTS Details provided in the respective Week Agriculture Agenda and in the full monthly calendars which can be viewed on Please keep sharing information about your events to help us keep all stakeholders informed and updated on time. Send your information to and or

ANNOUNCEMENT REMINDER: Please encourage participation in the UNDP’s regional contest for rural innovative projects aimed at the identification of projects that promote rural enterprise and innovation at the grassroots level with the potential of replication and expansion at the regional level. The contest will be open to rural groups and associations based in any of the ten (10) countries covered by CARUTA (the OECS, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago). Great emphasis will be given to the support of rural youth and women initiatives. It is anticipated that the competition will take place twice a year. The theme of the first competition will be 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 groups. (e.g. community based organizations, cooperatives, associations, etc.) that are implementing projects which address any of the above focal areas. An application form can be downloaded from the project website at or it can be requested by email from the CARUTA coordinator at or by mailing a written request quoting this notice to: The Project Coordinator, CARUTA, UNDP, UN House, Marine Gardens, Hastings, Christ Church, BARBADOS. THE DEADLINE for submission of projects is 5 November 2010.

a project of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation

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