35th FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean. Image via FAO

Event: 35th FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will be holding its 35th Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from March 5 to 8, 2018. The Conference will focus on eradicating hunger, overweight, and obesity; putting an end to rural poverty; promoting …

Fresh produce, Guyana. Kevin Nellies / © Commonwealth Secretariat.

Guyana to begin testing local produce for chemical residues

Guyana will soon have the capacity to test locally-grown fruit and vegetables for pesticides and other chemical residues. This will improve Guyana’s access to international markets, as well as benefiting local consumers: In an effort to ensure that foods consumed by Guyanese are wholesome and healthy, the Pesticides and Toxic …

Skeldon Market, Berbice, Guyana. Image credit: KennardP

Guyana sees growth in non-traditional agricultural exports

Guyana’s main agricultural exports are rice and sugar, but in recent years there has been an increase in the export of non-traditional commodities, in particular coconuts and coconut products. According to the Guyana Chronicle: THE Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) recently released the list of the top exported commodities for 2017, …

IICA Director General, Dr. Manuel Otero. Image via: IICA

IICA Director General charts the course for agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean

The new Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Dr. Manuel Otero, has laid out his vision for the future of agriculture in the region: We must broaden the limited perception of agriculture as a mere supplier of raw materials for global value chains. Instead, we …

Barbados Horticultural Society display at the Chelsea Flower Show. Image credit: Alwyn Ladell

Call for more youth participation in horticulture in Barbados

The Barbados Horticulture Society recently held its annual flower show.  The number of plants on display decreased this year, and the leader of the Barbados Agricultural Society would like to see more done to get young people interested and involved in horticulture: Even though the horticulture sector continues to thrive …

Beekeeping in Guyana. Image via Caribbean Development Bank

Caribbean Development Bank supports apiculture in Guyana

Through training and other capacity building, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is contributing to the development of beekeeping in Guyana: There’s a new buzz in Guyana, which could help the government attain its development goals, and may boost entrepreneurship. Known in the agricultural sector for its sugar and rice, the Government …

Collecting soil samples in Dominica. Image via Dominica Vibes.

Soil mapping project begins in Dominica

Earlier this month, agencies in Dominica began work on a project to develop a national soil map: The Project Coordination Unit (PCU) of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)/Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) under the Ministry of Health and Environment, held the inaugural mission for the commencement of the …