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From the recognition of the nutritional value and agribusiness potential of
Caribbean favourites like cocoa, coconut, breadfruit, purple sweet potatoes
and domesticated wild meat, to the importance of science and innovation in
the creation of high-value niche products, modern farming and fishing
techniques and marketing methods, the themes explored by young
Caribbean professionals who participated in the 2nd Caribbean Science and
Agriculture Film and Video Competition pointed to a bright future for
agriculture in the region.
The competition was coordinated by the Technical Centre for Agricultural
and Rural Cooperation -- ACP/EU (CTA) in the Netherlands, in partnership
with the Caribbean Council for Science and Technology (CCST), the National
Institute for Higher Education Research Science and Technology (NIHERST),
the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the
University of the West Indies (UWI), Columbus Communications Trinidad
Limited (FLOW Trinidad) and the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company (TTFC). Its
aim was to help turn around the declining performance of the agricultural
sector by encouraging young scientists, farmers, filmmakers and
communication specialists to examine and raise awareness of the full
potential of Caribbean produce.
Over 80 participants aged 18-35 from Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St.
Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, submitted 36
short films which focussed on the competition's theme of "Adding Value to
. The films highlighted areas for growth, and the entrepreneurship
opportunities in the agricultural sector through the application of science
and technology, the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices, and the
implementation of strategies for improving the marketability of local
products to consumers both at home and abroad.
Young professionals star in the 2nd Caribbean Science and Agriculture Film
and Video Competition
Winners at the prize-giving ceremony during
the 13th CWA, Suriname wit Minister Soresh
Algoa and CTA director Michael Hailu.
Randy McLaren from Jamaica receives the second prize
cheque from Dr. Isaac Bekele of the University of the West
Indies, for his team's film, "Breadfruit Versatile"
Norman Gibson of CARDI presents third place
winner Kemar McInnis of Jamaica with the
cheque, for his animated short, "Captain V."
Participants from across the region take part in
the training and discussion sessions at the
conference held at the Carlton Savannah Hotel,
Port of Spain.
Speakers at the opening ceremony (from left): Prof. Pathmanathan Umaharan,
Director, Cocoa Research Unit; Judith Francis, Senior Programme Coordinator,
CTA; Ingrid Seerattan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology;
Norman Gibson, Scientific Officer, CARDI; Jacqueline Charles, Deputy Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of Food Production; Maureen Manchouck, President,
NIHERST; Solomon Ioannou, Officer in Charge, Delegation of the European
Union to Trinidad and Tobago; Joycelyn Lee Young, Registrar, NIHERST; and
Vincent Lewis, first place winner of the 2012 competition
First prize winner, Jelani Paul from St. Lucia receives his
cheque from Judith Francis for his team's video,"The Fruit
A three-day conference was held in Port of Spain at the end of August and
the videos were presented for judging. Addressing the participants, Ms.
Judith Francis, Senior Programme Coordinator Science and Technology with
the CTA, spoke about the importance of the competition for "identifying
and motivating new talent, developing skills, and promoting new concepts,
technologies, products, services and brands and bringing them to the
attention of a wider public and target groups such as policymakers"
The conference sessions, led by local experts and top professionals,
explored topics such as the promotion of locally grown foods; increasing
media interest in and coverage of, Science Technology Innovation (STI);
supporting regional capacity-building in science communication; and
utilising ICTs to help improve the environment for agricultural science and
Winning videos feature at the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture
(CWA) in Suriname
The 2nd Caribbean Science and Agriculture Film and Video
Competition was showcased during the 13th Caribbean Week of
Agriculture (CWA), held in Paramaribo, Suriname, from October 6-10th 2014.
The winning film was shown during the Alliance meeting attended by
numerous ministers of agriculture from the Caribbean and leaders of the
partner organisations involved in the CWA, shortly after the prize giving.The
other videos were shown to participants during the course of the week. All
the short films, which ranged from documentaries to fictional stories,
celebrated local foods in one form or another, identifying novel prospects
for adding value through processing, increasing production efficiencies and
promoting nutritional and health benefits.
Videos entered to the competition can be viewed at
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