This page contains links to press coverage of the Caribbean Agrotourism Policy Setting Workshop, which was organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and took place from 9-11 October 2019 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Promote local, hotel, restaurants told
barbadostoday.bb; 11/10/2019

Local hotels and restaurants are being chided for their perceived failure to promote local food. The rebuke comes from Barbados’ ambassador to the United Nations Elizabeth Thompson, who warned that to continue along this path would only rob visitors of the authentic Barbadian experience which they seek, while ceding ground to the shared economy, such as Air BNB. She contended that there currently exists the notion that tourists want to eat exactly what they have at home and what they are used to. Thompson said this goes against all of the evidence of why Oistins, Gros Islet and numerous other communities of this type, have built a reputation and substantial profits selling local food.

EU ACP-CTA, IICA Workshop to Promote Trade and Investment in Caribbean Agrotourism
today.caricom.org; 10/10/2019

The issue of strengthening the linkage between Agri-Food Sector and Tourism in the Caribbean Region will be the focus of a Regional Agrotourism Policy Setting Workshop, jointly hosted by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Since 2002, IICA has led efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean in Agrotourism and since 2012, CTA and IICA have joined forces in raising awareness on Agrotourism in the Caribbean Region amongst the various chain actors and, importantly, amongst the policy makers. Together, the two international agencies have secured under the Intra-ACP envelope of the 11th EDF, a ‘basket’ of funds in the amount of 35 million Euros for agrotourism development in the Caribbean Region. Six Caribbean countries, including Barbados are already in the process of developing national agrotourism proposals to be considered for funding from this basket.

New culture
barbadostoday.bb; 10/10/2019

Barbados’ ambassador to the United Nations, Elizabeth Liz Thompson, is calling for an immediate change in the way Barbadian agriculture is viewed, suggesting that it is doomed to remain in inertia, unless it is seen as a major industry and not as a last resort for those without job prospects. Delivering the feature address for the Caribbean Agrotourism Policy Setting Workshop at Raddison Aquatica resort, Ambassador Thompson said: “Those who were forced into agriculture and for whom it became a potent symbol of their poverty, wanted another life for their children.

Belmont Estate representative attending agrotourism policy-setting workshop
thecaribbeanpost.com; 09/10/2019

Paula Lewis of Belmont Estate is among regional public and private sector stakeholders who are participating in a regional agrotourism policy-setting workshop that will conclude in Barbados on 11 October 2019. Jointly hosted by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) the issue of strengthening the linkage between Agri-Food Sector and Tourism in the Caribbean Region is the focus of the initiative.

IICA and EU ACP-CTA workshop to promote trade and investment through agrotourism in the Caribbean
IICA; 07/10/2019

Strengthening the linkage between agri-food sector and tourism in the Caribbean region will be the focus of a Regional Agrotourism Policy Setting Workshop, jointly hosted by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – European Union (EU) Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). This regional workshop brings together 60 regional public and private sector stakeholders to discuss regional opportunities for increasing trade of agri-food products and investment in agribusiness development, particularly in rural communities, in partnership with the tourism sector. Six Caribbean countries, including Barbados, are already in the process of developing national agrotourism proposals to be considered for funding from the 11th European Development Found (EDF), a basket of funds of 35 million euros for agrotourism development in the Caribbean Region.