The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture Office in Barbados in collaboration with the TVET Council will launch the second edition of the Youth Farm Project this Friday at 2 p.m. in Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael.
The Youth Farm Project speaks to the institute’s commitment to enhancing young farmers’ capacity in agriculture and promoting agribusiness development. It also offers the TVET Council the opportunity to achieve its mandate of promoting competence-based technical and vocational education and training leading to the award of either National or Caribbean Vocational Qualifications.
Twenty-three youth farm participants drawn from seven secondary schools — Alleyne Secondary, Daryll Jordan Secondary, Princess Margaret Secondary, The Seventh Day Adventist, St. George Secondary, Deighton Griffith Secondary and Grantley Adams Secondary — will actively be engaged in sustainable farming, livestock farming and ornamental horticulture.
The Minister of Agriculture’s feature address at the launch is expected to draw an audience comprising the agricultural community in addition to tourism, health, education, rural development, and other strategic partners.
IICA is a specialised agency of the Inter-American System, and its purposes are to encourage and support the efforts of its Member States to achieve agricultural development and well-being for rural populations.
The TVET Council is the government agency responsible for coordinating and promoting technical and vocational education and training Barbados. The council is mandated to plan, coordinate and establish standards and qualifications for the discipline of TVET.