2nd Caribbean Agribusiness Forum: Expanding markets

November 3, 2015

Promoting regional trade and agribusiness development in the Caribbean

2nd Caribbean Agribusiness Forum


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Organised by CTA, IICA, CABA in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management and Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA)

Organised in the context of the Caribbean-Pacific Agri-Food Forum

5-6 November 2015, Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC)

Two Mile Hill, BB11093, Barbados

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This Forum is linked to the Brussels Briefings organized by CTA, the European Commission, the ACP Group and Concord on key issues related to ARD in ACP countries. It also brings some experiences from the Caribbean through the Intra ACP Agricultural Policy Programme

As part of CTA’s work on promoting regional trade through agribusiness development, various activities have been carried out in support of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

At the ACP-EU policy level, a Brussels Development Briefing was held on Building resilience of SIDS through trade and agribusiness development in July 2014 organised y CTA, the European Commission, The ACP Secretariat and Concord leading to the Private Sector Partnership Forum at SIDS Conference in Samoa.

The 1st Caribbean Agribusiness Forum was organised by CTA and IICA in the Caribbean in November 2014 on Enhancing regional trade and adding value to Caribbean agrifood products looking at the potential offered by the tourism-related markets. Subsequently a study on Agribusiness Development – Strengthening agritourism potential in the Caribbean was commissioned looking at 11 successful businesses cases in 5 countries. In 2015, a partnership has been developed with the Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA) and a joint application for and EU grant on agribusiness developed for 2015-2016.

 As a strategic partnership between CTA and the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) launched at the Samoa SIDS Conference, the 1st Pacific Agribusiness Forum organised by CTA, PIPSO and SPC was held in Fiji in July 2015 on Linking the Agrifood sector to the tourism-related markets aimed at Strengthening the agrifood sector through agribusiness development and the identification of new market opportunities. For the first time, experts from the Indian Ocean shared their experience.

The Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA), the ACP-EU Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in collaboration with key partners in the Caribbean region, are promoting agribusiness in the region at export and regional markets. They also promote successes which strengthen sustainable and inclusive development practices and link agriculture and tourism industries with the view of upscaling and replicating best cases and learn from them.

The Forum’s objectives include: (i) to promote agribusiness development in SIDS by sharing successful business cases; (ii) identify tangible opportunities in new markets; (iii) Promote linkages between the agrifood sector and the tourism industry to increase sustainable local sourcing; (iv) Identify support needed to strengthen relations between chain actors and tourism industry.

New ! articles on agribusiness in the Caribbean and the Pacific


Programme & Background Note


Biodata of speakers


Additional materials:

BB. 37 Reader – Building resilience of SIDS through agricultural trade and agribusiness development

Capacity4Dev: Blog – Building Resilience of Small Island Economies


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*** Programme ***

Thursday 5th November

Opening remarks and Formal openingMichael Hailu, Director, CTA; Víctor M. Villalobos, Director General IICA; Vassel Stewart, President, CABA.

Panel 1. Opportunities to support agribusiness in the ACP-EU cooperation instruments

This high-level policy panel will provide the ACP-EU policy context in support of agribusiness and private sector development in SIDS and the new opportunities offered by the 11th EDF to the ACP SMEs. It will highlight the instruments facilitating trade and market access. It will discuss regulatory issues of importance to agribusiness and new opportunities.

Moderator: Michael Hailu, Director of CTA


– Roy Mickey Joy, Ambassador of Vanuatu to the EU

– Len Ishmael, Ambassador, Eastern Caribbean States (ECS) to the EU and coordinator of the ACP SIDS Platform

– Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, Caribbean Export Development Agency

– Junior Lodge, Team Leader, ACP TBT Programme

– Vassel Stewart, President, Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA)

Panel 2. Opportunities in regional and international markets

This panel will feature opportunities in the regional market and in export markets. In the regional market focus is placed on the fast food/quick service restaurant industry and in the fruits and vegetable industry, whilst in the export market focus is placed on opportunities in fresh produce market for EU and in the Canadian market for both fresh and processed foods.

Moderator: Vassel Stewart, President, Caribbean Agri-business Association (CABA)


– Opportunities to reduce utilization of imports in the Regional fast food/quick Service Restaurant Industry

Vassel Stewart, President, Caribbean Agri-business Association (CABA)

– Opportunities to replace imported of fruits and vegetables in CARICOM

Shivan Rampersad, CEO, Bunny Imports Exports Ltd., Trinidad and Tobago

– Opportunities to export fresh produce to Holland

Janak P. Gafar, Owner, Hilo Import, The Netherlands

– Opportunities in agribusiness for coconut products from the Pacific

Hobart Va’ai, Samoa Chamber of Commerce & Industry

– Development, ACP Countries and Development Issues Opportunities in the EU Market

Dorian Filote, International Relations Officer, European Commission/DG Agriculture and Rural

– Finance opportunities in support of agribusiness

Noemi Perez, President & CEO,Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST)

Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions.

Panel 3 : Promoting agribusiness through value addition and product diversification in priority industries. Strategies for scaling up

Opportunities in the Roots and Tubers industry The cassava industry is considered to hold tremendous opportunities for agribusiness development in the Region. Presenters will focus on opportunities in the bakery, feed and beverage industries and strategies been implemented by the development agencies in creating the environment for the private sector to exploit these opportunities.

Moderator: Keith Amiel, CABA Director, Jamaica


– Vassel Stewart, Trinidad & Tobago Agribusiness Association

– J.R.Deep Ford, FAO Subregional Coordinator for the Caribbean

– Janelle Fletcher, Production/ Product Development Manager, Armag Manufacturing, Armag Farms Ltd, Barbados

– Jethro Greene, Chief Coordinator, Caribbean Farmers Network (CAFAN)

Opportunities in Herbs and Spices The herbs and spices industry has been identified as another industry for development and the co-ordination of the sector strategy is been led by CABA. The Caribbean has always have a reputation for producing world class herbs and spices products.


– Winston Stona, Co-Founder/Managing Director, Busha Browne/Walkers Wood Caribbean Foods, Jamaica – Riyad Mohammed, Manager, Baron Foods Ltd, St Lucia – Glendine Greaves, CEO, Star Trading, Barbados

– Riyad Mohammed, Manager, Baron Foods Ltd, St Lucia

– Glendine Greaves, CEO, Star Trading, Barbados

– Andrea Fleming, Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA)

Promoting agribusiness through value addition and product diversification in tourism-related markets

Opportunities for fisheries in tourism-related markets

Moderator: Milton Haughton, Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism


– Keith Andre, Business owner and Skipper/fisherman, Seychelles

– Jimi Jones, Jimsan Aquaponice Fram, Belize – James Ince, Spice Isle Seafood, Grenada

– James Ince, Spice Isle Seafood, Grenada

– Paul Christian Ryan, Managing Director/ Owner at Vate Ocean Gardens Ltd., Pacific

Bernard Monnaie, Head of Business Program, University of Seychelles

Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

Chefs Table Dinner The Chefs Table Dinner is organized by the Barbados Tourism Association, IICA and CTA and is linked to the Chefs for Development initiative aimed at promoting local cuisine through increased local sourcing and strengthened linkages between Chefs and local food industry. Here is the summary of the Chef’s activities.

Friday 6th November 2015

Media Briefing (Room: LESC Media Room)

Promoting agribusiness through value addition and product diversification in tourist-related markets (cont’d)

Opportunities for agrifood in tourism-related markets

Moderator: Ena Harvey, IICA Representative, Barbados, Agritourism Expert

This panel will review business successes and opportunities in tourist-related markets in quality products, branding and value creation. They will highlight the model and next steps to expand the business.


– John Hunte, President Organic Growers and Consumers Association (OGCA)

– Ian McNeel, Director, Slow Food Barbados

– Terry Addlington, Managing Director, Tanna coffee, Vanuatu

– Shadel Nyack Compton, Managing Director, Belmont Estate, Grenada

– Sylvie Salanoa, Mailelani Samoa

– Keith Amiel, CABA Director, Jamaica

Panel 4: Chefs for Development: The missing link between agriculture and cuisine

There is a need to upgrade farmers supply chains to larger hotels and resorts, stimulate demand of local products and its use by chefs who can promote ways to more creatively utilize local produce by the hospitality sector. Experience of Chefs from the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean in sourcing with local farmers and promoting local cuisine will be presented. The food tourism industry will also be discussed as a major economic sector worldwide and for the region.

Moderator: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

– Trends and opportunities in food tourism and gastronomy

Erik Wolff, President, World Food Travel Association (WFTA)


– Robert Oliver, Chef, author and television presenter of Real Pasifik, Pacific

– Rainal Sahai, Group Development Chef, Fiji

– Stephan Berrouet Durand, Executive Chef, President, Haitian Culinary Alliance

– Dane Saddler, Executive Chef, Caribbean Villa Chefs, Barbados

– Chef Henderson Butcher, DIVI Southwinds, Barbados Culinary Team

– Chef Peter Edey, Barbados

– Richard Mathiot, Executive Chef, Seychelles

Dora Rossi, Paddles Restaurant, Samoa

Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

Panel 5: Data-driven agribusiness and maximizing use of ICTs

This panel will discuss business data needed and used by producers, SMEs and agribusiness and the use of new opportunities offered by ICTs. Some insights on the role of open data and new technologies to acquire data will be shared as well as linking to the role of mobile applications to use and build new data sources.

Moderator: Chris Addison, Senior Coordinator, Knowledge Management


– Vassel Stewart, President, CABA

– Alison DeGraff, Participatory GIS, University of West Indies

– Ramlal Bheshem, Open Data, University of West Indies

– Matthew Mc Naughton, Slashroots

– Troy Weekes, Addis Alem cooperative, Barbados

– Guy Morel, Principal Consultant, SGM and Partners Consulting and Jose Guerreio, Deputy Director Extension Services, Seychelles

Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

Scaling Up Session This final session will look at realizing the potential of PPPs and agribusiness development through a common agenda for action and exploit the opportunities which would have been identified.

Saturday 7th November

The Chefs: Linking Agriculture, tourism and cuisine – Programme


– Caribbean Culinary Alliance, Ena Harvey, IICA

– Chefs for Development for SIDS, Isolina Boto, CTA

Chair: Vassel Stewart, CABA

Moderator: Roxanne Waithe, Agrotourism Specialist, IICA

A Food Tourism Strategy for the Caribbean Region

Ena Harvey, IICA Agrotourism Specialist and Bonita Morgan, CTO

– Key factors in the establishment of a sustainable Culinary Alliance for the Caribbean Region and across SIDS

Michelle Smith-Mayers, BHTA

– Youth and careers in the Culinary Sector – Junior Chef Competitions in Barbados and the Caribbean

Peter Edey, Chef

– Experiences in linking cuisine with local culture

Robert Oliver, Chef, Pacific

– Chef from Seychelles

Richard Mathiot, Executive Chef, Seychelles

– Barbados Agricultural Society / Organic Growers and Producers Association

A Farmers’ Perspective on supplying the local hotel and supermarket sector

– Slow Food Chef Alliance

Rhea Gilkes, Slow Food Barbados Chef

Latest Brussels Briefing: Emerging donors & rising powers in ACP agriculture

October 9, 2015

The Brussels Briefing on the subject of “Emerging donors and rising powers in agriculture in ACP countries” took place on Tuesday 27 October 2015 from 9:00h to 13:00h at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, Room C ).

The Briefing discussed the key challenges and new opportunities to enhance South-South and Triangular cooperation. The Briefing : i) reviewed successes and the lessons learned from research and practice; ii) promoted the exchange of information on best practices and drivers of success; iii) fed into the debate various perspectives on policy options. It reviewed the key challenges and opportunities in South-South cooperation in agriculture and the lessons learned from research and practice. It looked at examples of successes in South-South and triangular partnerships across the ACP.

Trade between Africa and non-African developing countries grew from USD 283 billion in 2008, to USD 595 billion a year by 2012   and developing countries’ exports to Africa have increased in the last 15 years from 26 to 43 per cent, while their imports from Africa have grown from 33 to 50 per cent.   This year’s African Economic Outlook considers Africa’s surge in relations with “emerging partners”, who now sit at the top tables of economic decision making alongside “traditional partners” from Europe and North America.

New! on the subject of South-South & triangular cooperation


Programme & Background Note

Reader (coming soon)


Highlights (coming soon)

Biodata of speakers

Resources & Glossary

Video of the Briefing


– CIRAD and CTA. 2015. “The emerging countries in Africa south of the Sahara in the agricultural sector. Analysis of trade relations” Report no. 1/6

– CIRAD and CTA. 2015. “Synthèse des quatre études de cas sur les interventions de la Chine dans le secteur agricole en Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopie, Sénégal et Togo” Report no. 2/6[FR]


Introduction: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

Introductory remarks: Patrick.I. Gomes, Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States; Bernard Rey, Deputy Head of Unit DEVCO/C1, Food security, rural development, nutrition EuropeAid, European Commission; Jean-Cyril Dagallier, Scientific Directorate, CIRAD; Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

Panel 1: South-South and triangular cooperation: what do we know?

This panel reviewed the key challenges and opportunities in South-South cooperation in agriculture and the lessons learned from research and practice.

– Is there a Chinese cooperation model in agricultural sector in sub Saharan Africa?

Jean-Jacques Gabas, Senior Researcher, CIRAD [Presentation]

– Cooperation between Brazil and Africa on agriculture : best practices

Erich Schaitza, Expert, EMBRAPA, Brazil [Presentation]

– Working with China in the Pacific: prospects for trilateral cooperation

Denghua Zhang, Researcher, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Programme, Coral Bell School, Australian National University [Presentation]

– Triangular cooperation and PPPs : the key role of the private sector

Jéremy Rubel, Senior Consultant. Gannibal Consulting, France [Presentation]


Panel 2: Best approaches and partnerships in South-South cooperation

This panel looked at examples of successes in South-South and triangular partnerships across the ACP.

– Food Purchase Programme (PAA) in support of Food and nutrition security

Vincent Martin, FAO Representative, Senegal [Presentation]

– Best practices in South-South and triangular cooperation with Mexico

Carlos Cortés Zea, Expert, Mexico [Presentation]

– Triangular cooperation in support of conservation agriculture

Saidi Mkomwa, Executive Secretary, African Conservation Tillage Network, Kenya [Presentation]

– East-Africa-India cooperation : new opportunities for farmers in ICTs

Paul Thangatta, EAFF, Kenya [Presentation]

– South-South cooperation in the cashew industry in Africa

Mary Adzanyo, Director Private Sector Development, GIZ, (ACi), Burkina Faso [Presentation]

Brussels Briefing 42: Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development

August 26, 2015

The Brussels Briefing on the subject of “Women entrepreneurs – key players in ACP agribusiness development” took place on Thursday 17 September 2015 from 9:00h to 13:00h at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, Room C ).

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Research has found strong reasons to emphasize women’s economic empowerment in developing programs: firstly, economic empowerment is one of the most powerful routes for women to achieve their potential and advance their rights; secondly, since women make up the majority of the world’s poor, meeting poverty-reduction goals requires addressing women and their economic empowerment; thirdly, discrimination against women is economically inefficient and national economies lose out when a substantial part of the population cannot complete equitably or realize its full potential; moreover, working with women makes good business sense: when women have the rights skills and opportunities, they can help business and markets grow; finally, women who are economically empowered contribute more to their families, societies and national economies. It has been shown that women invest extra income in their children, providing a route to sustainable development.

Women make significant contributions to the rural economy in all regions of the world. In developing countries, women make up on average about 40 percent of the labour force, ranging from 20 percent in Latin America to 50 percent or more in certain parts of Africa and Asia. Women’s role range from being cultivators on their own or others plots-as unpaid or paid workers, employers or employees-to being wage-labourers in on- and off-farm enterprises, alongside their key role as providers of unpaid care work in their households and communities.

However, in many settings women face more constraints than men in accessing key productive resources such as land and to services such as credit, extension and social protection; they face wage discrimination in rural labour markets and often work without remuneration on family farms. This limits their capacity to contribute to agricultural production and take advantage of new opportunities.

To improve information sharing and promote networking, CTA, the DG DEVCO from the European Commission, the ACP Secretariat, Concord and various media organise bimonthly briefings on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context of EU/ACP cooperation. The Briefing on 17th September 2015, will discuss the key challenges and new opportunities to enhance women’s led agribusiness. The Briefing will: i) review women’s entrepreneurs successes and the lessons learned from research and practice; ii) promote the exchange of information on best practices and drivers of success; iii) feed into the debate various perspectives on policy options.


Background note and Programme



Highlights (Coming Soon)

Biodata of the speakers

Resources & Glossary


Introduction of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [Video]

Introductory remarks: Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant-Secretary General of the ACP Group of States in charge of Sustainable Economic Development and Trade [Video] ; Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, European Commission/EuropeAid European Commission/Europaid [Video] ; Michael Hailu, Director of CTA [Video]

Panel 1: Enhancing women’s-led agribusiness development

Chair, Panel 1: H.E. Mpeo Mahase-Moiloa, Ambassador of Lesotho [Video]

  • Gender dimensions of agribusiness development

Stephanie Barrientos, Professor, Institute of Development Policy and Management and Associate Director, Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester [Video] [Working Paper][Presentation]

  • Factors of competitiveness of women entrepreneurs and their participation in trade

Christian Planchette, Senior Training Officer, Enterprise Competitiveness, International Trade Centre (ITC), United Nations [Video] [Presentation]

  • Agribusiness development in the Pacific: challenges and opportunities for women

Mereia Volavola, CEO, Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) [Video] [Presentation]

  • Support from EIB to women entrepreneurs and to the agribusiness sector

Jacqueline Church, Policy Officer, European Investment Bank (EIB) [Video]

Debate [Video]

Panel 2: Women’s entrepreneurs successes in ACP regions

Introduction to Panel 2: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [Video]

Chair, Panel 2: H.E. Paolelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa [Video]

  • Adding value locally through differentiated fish product

Lovin Kobusingye, Managing Director, Kati Farms Uganda  [Video] [Presentation]

  • Pioneering a local food processing industry for improved nutrition

Simone Zoundi, CEO, Sodepal, Burkina Faso  [Video] [Presentation]

  • Organic Farm to Table: creating a sustainable supply chain supporting women

Alberta Vitale, Associate Director, Women in Business Dev. (WIBDI), Samoa [Video] [Presentation]

  • Production and Trade of Coconut Oil in Guyana

Rosemund Benn, President, Pomeroon Women Agro-Processor Association, Guyana [Video] [Presentation]

  • Cattle and maize production supplied to local market

Tepsy Ntseoane, Eve’s Eden Farming Enterprise, South Africa [Video] [Presentation]

Debate [Video]

Conclusion, H.E. Paolelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa [Video]

Conclusion, Michael Hailu, Director, CTA [Video]


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