The Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) is of great significance to Barbados and the region.
Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Indar Weir made the comment this morning at the Ministry’s headquarters, during the launch of CWA, being held under the theme Strengthening Agriculture for a Healthier Future in the Region.
Stating that this was the first time CWA was being held in Barbados since its inception in 1998, he said: “It gives us a chance to welcome and entertain our Caribbean brothers and sisters in agriculture to Barbados, where we will share information and consult in terms of how we grow agriculture in the Caribbean region.”
He stated that he was keen to sit down with his regional ministerial counterparts to discuss key topics such as food security, the impact of climate change and the health and wellness of our children with regard to their diet.
Minister Weir also spoke about the economic benefit to be derived from hosting CWA 2018.
“It also comes at a time when our economy is at a stage where we need activity to generate that sort of stimulus… and over an eight-day period, over 300 delegates along with exhibitors and journalists will come into Barbados to participate in the week’s activities,” Weir added.
The Caribbean Week of Agriculture is the Caribbean’s premier regional conference on Agriculture. It was conceptualised by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and is hosted annually in alternating CARICOM member states under the aegis of ‘The Alliance’ which comprises IICA, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation.
The week which runs from Monday, October 8, to Friday, October 12, will include activities such as a plenary session, workshops, seminars, presentations by FAO, CARDI and IICA, as well as the Ministers’ of Agriculture Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Caucus.
The CWA Marketplace Trade Show and Exhibition, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Thursday, October 11, and Friday, October 12.
To date, there have been 14 editions of the CWA. The first was held in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999 and the last edition was held in 2016 in the Cayman Islands.
For more information, persons may visit the CWA official website: www.cwa2018.caricom.org.