The finishing touches are being made as Barbados prepares to host the region’s premiere agricultural conference, the 47th Annual Caribbean Food Crops Society (CFCS) Meeting, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC), next week.

Some 150 delegates from Barbados and the Caribbean, Latin America, the United States of America, and Europe are expected to converge here for the meeting, which is being coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management.

The theme of the CFCS forum is Assuring Caribbean Food and Nutrition Security in the context of Climate Change," with the subtheme "Productive Agrosystems and Resources Conservation in an island Environment: An Ecological Challenge for Caribbean Sustainable Development."??

Stakeholders from the participating states will gather to discuss critical issues related to agriculture, food and fisheries, particularly ways of moving the sectors forward and highlighting some of its major achievements.

It is also expected to provide an opportunity for science researchers; farmers and related stakeholders to exchange information on research and technology.

Among the topics to be discussed are: Crop and Livestock Production; Post- harvest Technology/Agro-processing; Land and Water Resources; Soils and Fertility Management; Fisheries Management;?? Agricultural Education and Extension; Marketing Economics and Policy Issues; Ecological Engineering; Sustainable Agriculture; Climate Change; Pest Management, and Food Safety.

Apart from the deliberations, there will also be a 15 booth exhibition at the LESC; a Farmers Forum, which will be a caucus between farmers, agriculturalists and scientists, with the aim of exchanging information and ideas on research and technology; and an Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, July 7, at the Plantation Theatre, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Further information on the Caribbean Food Crops Society (CFCS) Conference may be obtained by visiting the website http://www.cfcs2011barbados.org/, or by contacting the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Graeme Hall, Christ Church at 434-5031 or 434-5020.


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