The Caribbean Agribusiness web site aims at providing a portal dedicated to Caribbean food and agribusiness, which integrates existing initiatives and relevant institutions and also serves as the hub for all matters in which business persons (at all scales of operation) have an interest, including, up to date information, statistics, trade and investment opportunities, policy issues, news/current events, and business tools. It is intended to fill a gap in the agribusiness environment, which is the absence of a central “clearinghouse” or hub for information gathering and exchange.
The institutions with which we intend to work most closely include ministries of agriculture (MOAs), marketing boards, producer organizations, such as the Caribbean Farmers’ Network (CaFAN), the Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA) and CAIC, regional agribusiness associations for sugar, rice, citrus, banana, rum, poultry, pork, brewery products, bakery products, etc.), the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) and other hospitality organizations, R&D institutions such as the Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development institute (CARDI), the University of the West Indies (UWI) and other regional universities, the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), the inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), and several more.
While the site will be managed by the CARICOM Secretariat, there is no intention to replace or supersede any information service but simply to act as an aggregator of existing information while providing any original content that is available. If, for example, an issue is being dealt with adequately through another institution’s website then all that may be necessary is a link or links to that site together with some brief background information. On the other hand, where it is necessary to aggregate information on a regional or sub-regional basis, e.g. statistics on production and trade, this portal will probably be the best place to have this done.
A competitive agribusiness sector is expected to make a positive impact and contribute to export-led growth, food import substitution, enhanced food security, employment creation, and poverty reduction. It is therefore hoped that this initiative will assist in meeting those objectives.
Maintenance of the site is the responsibility of the Agriculture and Industry programme of the CARICOM Secretariat. Offers of technical assistance in the operation and further upgrading of the site are welcome.
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