The Fourth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF4)
    Home > Papers > Claudette de Freitas
Claudette de Freitas

Exploring the potential of networks for empowerment of Caribbean agricultural producer groups through learning and collaboration

Claudette de Freitas
Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)

Terrence Phillips
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism

Jethro Greene
Eastern Caribbean Trading and Development Company

     Full text: HTML
     Last modified: August 3, 2006
     Presentation date: 11/02/2006 2:30 PM in ST Windsor B
     (View Schedule)

Agriculture is still a major contributor to food and nutrition security, poverty alleviation and employment; even as traditional export earning commodities are losing their competitiveness. Thus producer groups in the Caribbean have had to embark on a major shift in their strategies to stay in business. Several new producer networks may revolutionize Caribbean agriculture if they can become sustainable.

The Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN) and the Caribbean Network of Fisher Folk Associations (CANUFO), have the potential to assist producers to collaborate for marketing or joint ventures, as well as increase communication between and among local, regional and international groups. It also provides a forum for accessing information, innovation and learning, so necessary if the groups’ efforts are to succeed.

Studies conducted among both farmer and fisherfolk groups identified major challenges of limited capacity, cultural and historic issues, scarce resources and a limited policy framework within which the groups can successfully function.

This paper will share experiences of how some farmer and fisherfolk associations are overcoming these challenges with the assistance of selected donor and technical support agencies including the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, and Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism.

Support Tool
  For this 
refereed conference paper
Capture Cite
View Metadata
Printer Friendly
Author Bio
Define Terms
Related Studies
Media Reports
Google Search
Email Author
Email Others
Add to Portfolio

    Learn more
    about this

Public Knowledge

If the information you require about PCF4 is not included on this website, please email:

home | overview | program | registration | call for papers | submission | papers | sponsors
accommodation | travel | social | contacts | hosts | COL Awards | exhibition | links