IICA seeking to build competitiveness of agricultural chains

Share Sharing is caring! 119 Views   no discussions Share Tweet LocalNews IICA seeking to build competitiveness of agricultural chains by: Dominica Vibes News – June 1, 2015 Technical Specialist of IICA Dominica, Kent CoipelThe Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is seeking to show transparency and accountability to the major stakeholders in the agricultural sector.In the context of the policy of transparency and accountability, IICA held its Annual Accountability Seminar on Monday 1 June 2015 at the National Development of Dominica (NDFD) conference room in Roseau.At the event, IICA’s technical specialist to Dominica, Kent Coipel presented the Minister of Agriculture, Johnson Drigo with a copy of the 2014 National Annual Report.“As a specialized agency in rural and agricultural development, we are aware of the challenges faced by the agricultural sector at the national and the sub-regional level,” Coipel stated.“However, in this environment there remains important roles for agriculture to play in the economic stabilization and development processes which motivates a strategic positioning of the sector to effectively perform in this capacity,” he continued.Mr Coipel informed that in 2014, IICA concluded its 2011-2014 country strategy and commenced its new country strategy 2014-2018, and that the medium term plan for 2014-2018 has already been set.“The medium term plan is aimed at improving interventions that build competitiveness and sustainability of agricultural chains, support/improve inclusion of stakeholders in agriculture, build resilience in the agri-food system through comprehensive risk management which supports improve productivity and sustainability of farm families.”Mr Coipel noted indicated that these areas will be the basis of interventions over the next four (4) years. “The financing of this strategy will come mainly from ICCA’S resources however significant amount will be derived from externally funded projects and technical cooperation programs.”He also informed that in 2014, the IICA office in Dominica encouraged productivity growth in the agro enterprise as well as building capacity for generating sustainable livelihood options in agriculture.“In 2015, we anticipate close and continued partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, government departments and statuary bodies, the OECS, NGO’s and other organizations in rolling out the program outlined in the country strategy, the EU funded project and other technical programs of the institute.”Meanwhile, Agricultural Minister Johnson Drigo said IICA’s contribution towards the development of agriculture in the country is significant.“Through IICA’s support we are looking forward to improving our institutional capacity to enhance our agricultural health and food safety systems, developing value chains to further enhance our agro food systems, this will be accomplished by bettering our technical managerial and infrastructural capabilities,” Minister Drigo said. He added that this development will pay close attention to areas such as niche markets for organic outputs and agro tourism initiatives, “improve the knowledge management for climate change adaptation and sustainable use of natural resources”.– / 15 Share