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Cocoa Research Unit, “Train-the-Trainers Workshop” 2011

Cocoa Research Unit, “Train-the-Trainers Workshop” 2011

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157628097580157/{/gallery} The Cocoa Research Unit, UWI St. Augustine, hosted a workshop entitled Caribbean Fine/Flavour Cocoa Commercialisation CAR-RFO: "Train-the-Trainers Workshop for Farmer Field Schools (FFS)" from November 21-23, 2011, at 8:30 am at the Institute for Critical Thinking on the St. Augustine Campus.

Senator, the Honourable Vasant Bharath, Minister of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs delivered the feature address at the workshop’s Opening Ceremony on Monday 21st November, at the Daaga Auditorium, UWI St. Augustine. Other speakers at the Opening Ceremony included, Prof. Pathmanathan Umaharan, Head, Cocoa Research Unit; Prof. Dyer Narinesingh, Dean, Faculty of Science & Agriculture; Prof. Clement Sankat, PVC and St. Augustine Campus Principal, and Ms. Kathrin Renner, Representative of the Delegation of the European Union to Trinidad & Tobago.

The workshop was part of the Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE) funded project, “Caribbean Fine/Flavour Cocoa Industry Commercialisation: CAR-RFO”.

Farmers and other trained personnel from seven participating countries in the region shared best practices from the various territories and agree on a methodology for training cocoa farmers during the 3-day session. It is envisaged, that the trained personnel, will conduct Farmer Field Schools in the participating countries, towards improving the production and quality of cocoa from the region.


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