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									             CARICOM Agriculture Donor Conference
          CROWNE PLAZA TRINIDAD, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 2 June 2007




 Overview of the Integrated
  Package of Proposals
TRANSFORMING CARICOM AGRICULTURE


    Senator the Hon. Dr. John McIntyre
     Minister of Agriculture, Dominica

                                  June 2, 2007


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         Content of Presentation


 AGRICULTURE SECTOR CHALLENGES

 STRATEGIC THRUSTS AND EXPECTED OUTCOMES

 OVERVIEW OF PROPOSALS AND PROJECTS

 FINANCING GAPS AND OPTIONS

 CONCLUSIONS                                    2
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       AGRICULTURE SECTOR CHALLENGES

Many regional agricultural sector policy documents and other
initiatives, including the RTP and the Jagdeo Initiative, have
identified priority constraints as :

• Limited financing and inadequate new investments;
•Deficient and uncoordinated risk management measures;
•Fragmented and unorganised agricultural private sector;
•In-adequate research and technology development;
•Outdated and inefficient agriculture health and food safety systems;
•Inefficient land and water distribution systems;
•Inadequate transportation systems (perishables);
•Weak and inadequate information, weak markets- development,
 linkages;
•Lack of skilled human resources.


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          STRATEGIC THRUSTS


 Creating an enabling environment

 Enhancing enterprise development and diversification

 Development and transfer of technology

 Food Security and Sustainable Development



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  STRATEGIC THRUSTS AND EXPECTED OUTCOMES

 Creating an enabling environment
       Developed and improved physical and social
         infrastructure
       Improved policy, institutions and inter-sectoral linkages

 Enhancing enterprise development
       Private and public sector partnerships
       Increased entrepreneurship and innovation

 Development and transfer of technology
       Strengthened Agricultural Health, Food Safety Systems,
        Quality and Standards
       Increased use of improved technologies

 Diversification and expansion of the agricultural sector
       Increased markets for value added products
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       regional brand products
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       Creating an Enabling Environment
OUTCOME 1: DEVELOPED AND IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE




      irrigation infrastructure

      sea defence and fish landing type
      infrastructure

      feeder roads

      laboratories
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         Creating an Enabling Environment
    OUTCOME 2: IMPROVED POLICY, INSTITUTIONAL AND
             INTER-SECTORAL LINKAGES


• Strengthening national and regional institutions as
  efficient service providers

• Establishing clear and transparent policies that
  serve as incentives to investment in the rural sector

• Developing synergies between different sectors, for
  instance, agriculture and the health sector and
  agriculture and the tourism sector

• Facilitating cross border collaboration between
  producers, processors and marketing agents              7
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               Enhancing Enterprise Development

 OUTCOME 3 : ENHANCED PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS


 Strengthened strategic alliances created between and among
  Government, private sector, community and development
  organizations :
       Jamaica Agricultural Development Foundation
       Belize Livestock Producers Association
       Arrowroot Industry Association
       Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association

 Fostering the development of commodity/enterprise associations
      • Legislation - unification and formalizing
      • Incentives - training, information
      • Market development – negotiations, trade facilitation    8
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            Enhancing enterprise development

OUTCOME 4 : Increased Entrepreneurship and Innovation


  Entrepreneurship training and business center
   development

  Credit and risk facilitation for enterprises and
   especially partnerships

  Dynamic linkages between suppliers and users of
   technology


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           Development and Transfer of Technology


OUTCOME 5: STRENGTHENED AGRICULTURAL HEALTH, FOOD SAFETY
           SYSTEMS, QUALITY AND STANDARDS


• Meeting domestic and export market requirements

• Upgraded information, processing and laboratory systems.
      - Caribbean Invasive Species Surveillance and Information
         Program (CISSIP)
      - Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety
        (CAHFSA)
      - Caribbean Regional Organization of Standards and
        Quality (CROSQ)
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            Development and Transfer of Technology



   OUTCOME 6: INCREASED USE OF TECHNOLOGY


• Availability and use of improved technologies is seen as critical
  in the increased involvement of youth in agricultural and and
  rural area development

• Accessing new national, regional and international markets is
  very dependent on the availability of technologies at a scale that
  would help Caribbean small farmers address constraints,
  increase their efficiency and competitiveness.


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 Diversification and Expansion of the Agricultural Sector


OUTCOME 7: INCREASED MARKETS FOR VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS



• Higher incomes in the region and the increased
  consumption of processed products is an expanding
  agricultural sector opportunity.

• Reallocation of resources between current and future
  agricultural activities is being pushed by the negative
  events in the traditional commodity sectors.

• Food crops, spices, fruits and livestock products are
  some of the attractive areas.
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            Diversification and Expansion of the Agricultural Sector

  OUTCOME 8: STRENGTHENED REGIONAL BRAND PRODUCTS


• Agricultural products should be marketed using the Caribbean
  brand
        product characteristics
        sustainable development practices
        livelihood systems
• The cross border production and marketing linkages should be
  developed to reflect the different comparative advantages
  across the region. Some potential products and for which there
  are proposals in the package:

        West Indian Sea Island Cotton
        Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
        Pepper sauce
        A range of exotic Caribbean fruits, herbs and spices          13
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PROPOSALS AND PROJECTS




TRANSFORMING CARICOM AGRICULTURE
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     PROPOSALS AND PROJECTS - BACKGROUND

    Considerable consensus on the Regional Agricultural
    Strategy associated with – Treaty of Chaguaramas,
    RTP, OECS Agricultural Strategy, Jagdeo Initiative
    have led to:

•   Preparation of NMTIPs

• Identification of Investment Gaps

• Preparation of Bankable Investment Project Profiles (BIPPs)

• Preparation of Regional projects based on regional consultations
  – on food security, research and technology transfer, trade
  negotiations, and enterprise development
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    PROPOSALS AND PROJECTS - OVERVIEW

  The projects and proposals presented are indicative of
  gaps identified. They complement ongoing projects.
  Additional projects are under preparation.

• Fifty three (53) projects/proposals are submitted for consideration
  of this Conference

• Fourteen (14) regional submissions from - CARDI, CARICOM
  Secretariat, CABA, IICA,OECS Secretariat, and UWI

• Thirty-nine (39) national project proposals/ideas/concept notes -
  endorsed by the individual Governments

• Of the 39 national project proposals, 22 are associated with the
  regional project proposal “Up-scaled Caribbean Regional Project
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       CHARACTERIZATION OF PROPOSALS / PROJECTS


  Investment Proposals/projects submitted are consistent with four
  strategic thematic areas:

• enterprise development and trade facilitation which includes
  entrepreneurial development and the involvement of youth in
  agriculture

• technology development and transfer which includes both
  production, processing and distribution technologies for
  agriculture, livestock and fisheries

• enabling environment which includes all the various types of
  infrastructure; and institutional support services needed

• food security and sustainable development, embracing the food
  security issues and the management of the region’s natural
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     ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE FACILITATION

  This category includes twenty-nine projects/ proposals
  addressing:

 Product and market development for
    small ruminants
    coffee, cotton, nutmeg, arrowroot, fruit sector and
    aquaculture

 Agricultural health and food safety at both the regional and
  national levels
    Caribbean Invasive Species Surveillance and Information
     Programme (CISSIP) initially in five countries
    Acklins & Crooked island project of the Bahamas
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     TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSFER



This category includes twenty-six projects / proposals
addressing:

 Development, strengthening and transfer of
  technology and technological packages for
  production and marketing systems

 Specific technology project areas –
   greenhouse
   livestock breeding
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   fisheries and aquaculture
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PROPOSALS/PROJECTS RELATED TO: ENABLING ENVIRONMENT

   This category includes thirty projects/proposals
   addressing:

  infrastructure development or improvement such as:
   farm roads, research / laboratory facilities, marketing
   / processing facilities, marine fisheries and
   aquaculture facilities and irrigation facilities;

  institutional strengthening and reform of:
   Belize Livestock Producers Association, Grenada
   Cocoa Association and Grenada Cooperative
   Nutmeg Association, Coffee Industry Board of
   Jamaica

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 FOOD SECURITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
This category includes thirty-one projects/proposals
  addressing:

• “Sustainable fisheries development in the Acklins &
  Crooked island” project of the Bahamas

• “Food security enhancement for the Rupununi
  Savannahs Communities” project of Guyana

• Upscaled Caribbean Regional Food Security Project

• Sustainable development / natural resource
  management type projects include
   – Marine fisheries/ aquaculture type projects
   – Bio-diesel/ agro-energy type projects             21
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                   Financing Gaps

 National and regional level resources support a wide
  cross-section of agricultural sector development
  activities but it leaves a number of critical areas
  under-funded

 Current international institution support for the
  agricultural sector is very low absolutely and relative
  to other areas

 The gap in resources that exists is reflected in the
  package of proposals prepared for this Donor
  meeting. Current estimates are close to US$250
  million
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                        CONCLUSIONS

 The project/proposals represent a comprehensive investment
  package that would diversify the agricultural sector and facilitate
  increased integration across CARICOM states, thereby furthering
  the goals of the CSME.

 The regional projects are designed wholly to strengthen regional
  level services to support activities within and among countries.

 The proposals are market oriented and would assist in transitioning
  CARICOM agriculture to achieve levels of competitiveness required
  in the global economic environment.

 Currently there is no definitive prioritization across national and
  regional projects.

 Achieving the social goals of the region require increase
  investments into the agricultural sector. The proposals presented
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  are priority areas for the injections of additional resources.

								
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