CaFAN conducted the final activity of its project with CTA (#2-1-11-208-2); a Regional Study Visit on youth initiatives, lessons and best practices in policies regarding agricultural production and marketing of agriculture produce in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Study Visit took place at the Murray’s Height Hotel in Kingstown, St. Vincent from January 20th to 24th, 2014.
Participants shared their learning experiences
The final session of the Study Visit and Planning Workshop was for participants to share their learning experiences that can be adopted; strengthening country to country agriculture.
Richie (Antigua): I arrived in St. Vincent, not knowing what to expect. When the session opened I was eager to get started. I was placed in group “marketing and production” and assigned the task of scribing, which I gladly facilitated. I would like to say thank you to all of my group members. They gave me insights into the marketing technique which is so greatly needed to facilitate production. The field trip was a delight for me it gave me an opportunity to do something I recently adopted as a hobby. – taking pictures. I also learned about Citrus Greening – a disease that affects citrus plants. They are also experimenting with several varieties of tomatoes in an attempt to find a suitable variety adaptable to St. Vincent.
Amanda (St Lucia): It is amazing how far we have come as an agriculture community, and indeed as a region, in appreciating the value the Media, and communication for development is to the success of our evolving agriculture economy. The excitement and enthusiasm that the proposal for the initiation of a CaFAN Media Programme to train and develop the capacity of media practitioners received from the participants of the Strategic Planning Meeting is testimony that with improved Public Relations, Marketing and communications on all facets of the industry, could greatly assist our quest to sustain rural modernization... especially our youth and women .Media will definitely work for the betterment of our Agriculture...giving it the prestige and applause it so rightly deserve!!