Caribbean Week of Agriculture kicks off Stakeholders urged to change reality of food insecure segments of regional population
(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Stakeholders in the regional agricultural sector have been encouraged to work together to change the reality of the food insecure segments of populations, debunk myths and reshape the perception of agriculture as a means to generate wealth.
The charges were delivered by the featured speakers at the opening session of a two-day media workshop on the state of journalism in the food and agriculture sector in the Caribbean at the Guyana International Conference Centre (GICC) on Friday.
The workshop was the first activity of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) which will be officially opened in Georgetown on Wednesday 9 October, 2013. The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Association of Caribbean Media (ACM), are partnering to host the workshop.
The Dr the Honourable Leslie Ramsammy, Minister of Agriculture of Guyana, Mr. Maurice Wilson of CARDI, Mr. Thierry Doudet of CTA and Mr. Wesley Gibbings, President of the ACM were of one accord on the attractiveness of the agriculture sector, the need to promote the sector, particularly as part of efforts to attract youth, and the linkages that existed between agriculture and other areas.
There were divergent views, however, on media coverage of agriculture in the Region, with Chair of the opening session, Mr. Gibbings, pointing to a “marked improvement of the depth and breadth of coverage of the sector over the years”. On the other hand, Dr. Ramsammy, alluded to the development of media capacity and the media corps, but lamented “how we report on agriculture.” For Mr. Wilson, the courtship between the media and the agriculture sector was not as good as expected. “We collectively must make agriculture the significant..Read more here!