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Linking Farmers to Agribusiness for Quality Products - Damie Sinanan, Caribbean Export Development Agency

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Barbados Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2019
Policy setting for improved linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism: Strengthening the local agrifood sector and promoting healthy food in agritourism.

Workshop organised by the Government of Barbados
In collaboration with CABA, CTA, IICA, CTO, CHTA, CDB
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Barbados, 27 & 28 March 2019

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Linking Farmers to Agribusiness for Quality Products - Damie Sinanan, Caribbean Export Development Agency

  1. 1. Promoting Trade and Investment Globally Barbados Agro-Tourism Policy Setting Workshop Courtyard by Marriott Hotel March 27 and 28, 2019. Caribbean Export – Linking Farmers to Agribusiness for Quality Products Damie Sinanan
  2. 2. Vision Statement: Caribbean Export is internationally recognized as the leading driver for Caribbean private sector development. Mission Statement: To enhance the competitiveness and value of Caribbean brands through the delivery of transformative and targeted interventions in Export Development and Investment Promotion.
  3. 3. The agency works primarily in 4 main areas • Export Development • Export Promotion • Investment Promotion • Private Sector Advocacy Operational Areas
  4. 4. • Traditional global markets have been replaced with vertically coordinated market linkage systems • Shift towards value-added products leading to • Reducing Poverty • Economic Stability • Food Security • Increased foreign exchange earnings • Gender Equality • Product Differentiation – increasing value and quality • Attracting significant amounts of FDI • Link to other productive sectors e.g. Tourism Agri-Business – Establishing Linkages to Global Value Chain
  5. 5. • Meeting International Standards • Demands of global buyers • Establishing a Caribbean brand • Economies of Scale • Access to resources (land/finance/human/technical) • Attracting FDI in the agriculture sector • High costs associated with farming • Transportation and Logistics Challenges facing Caribbean Farmers in linking to Tourism
  6. 6. • Capacity Building  PRONET,  Food Safety Training  Energy Management and Auditing (using the ESAA platform)  Movement towards online trainings through E-Learning Platform • Access to Finance  Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS)  Private Investments (Angel Investment – CBAN) • Caribbean Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) Network Export Development
  7. 7. • Trade and Business Intelligence (TBI)  CE Intelligence Portal  Market Intelligence Trainings (Private Sector and BSOs)  EPA Workshops and support videos  Distribution Channel Mapping – EU  Value Chain Analysis • Other Technical Assistance  WE-Xport Export Development
  8. 8. • CE’s Online Trade Promotion Platforms  Business-to-Business (B2B) Portal  E-Mall • Outward Trade Missions • Trade Show Participation (branded umbrella platforms) • Regional Trade Show Support • CARIFORUM – EU Business Forum Export Promotion
  9. 9. Thank You