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15/08/2017

Barbadian farmers to join smart agriculture project in the Caribbean

The European Union is willing to assist the region in transforming their societies and sectors into smart and sustainable ones.

Female workers at the sugar plantation ,Barbados

The FAO defines countries like Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis as water-scarce with less than 1000m3 fresh water resources per capita. In the light of that dilemma, the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) is launching a project involving 90 farmers from three Caribbean countries, including Barbados. These farmers will participate in this spearheading initiative over the next 18 months.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) Gordon Bispham said the aim of the project, in which farmers from Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines are also involved, is to support sustainable livelihoods and reinforce that farming is serious business.

“Farming is not a hobby. It is a business where we can apply specific technology and methodologies, not only to be sustainable, but to be profitable. That is going to be very central to our programme. If we are going to be successful, it means that we are going to have to build partnerships and networks so that we can share the information that we learned from the project. We must not only upscale agriculture in the three countries identified, but bring more countries of the region into the fold,” he said.

This article is incomplete. Click here to read the full text from its original source, Barbados Today
Photo Credit: Berit Watkin (CC BY 2.0)

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