The beneficiaries range in age, stage and gender, but the intent is to facilitate learning at any level. That is how the Country Manager of FirstCaribbean International Bank, Mauricia Thomas-Francis explained the thinking behind the bank’s recent donations towards the pursuit of education.
FirstCaribbean presented a cheque of EC$7000.00 to enable St. Lucian farmers, through the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) - to take advantage of a Farm Management Training Programme opportunity in which Kevoy Community Development Institute and it stakeholders IICA would be hosting.
Kevoy Community Development Institute, (KCDI) from Jamaica, hosted the three day Farmers Sensitization Seminar has as a key output, the implementation of a rural Farm Management Training Programme in St Lucia. The programme was aimed at mobilizing St Lucian farmers, exposing them to both agricultural and environmental best practices along with training on how to run their farms as an agro-business enterprise.
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) collaborated with the First Caribbean International Bank (FCIB) to assist Kevoy Community Development Institute (KCDI) of Jamaica to convene two(2) stakeholder consultations including a one day sensitization seminar to introduce their rural Farm Management Training Programme to 30 farmers and Agricultural Extension Officers in St. Lucia.
The Farmer Management Training Programme is designed to help farmers to appreciate the global context within which they operate and empower them with the knowledge and requisite skills to capitalize on emerging opportunities.
Kevoy Community Development Institute with the support of the Caribbean Development Bank via the(CTCS) implemented their Farm Management Training programme(FMTP) for deep rural small farmers and their communities in Jamaica. Local stakeholders were Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RAD), Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), NewPort Farsan Ltd. and the Social Development Commission.
Six Hundred (600) farmers were trained via the FMTP in Jamaica. The programme will commence phase two wherein Trainer of Trainers will be trained and deployed in rural communities supported by RADA extension officers.
Jamaica's NGO Expert Representative to the International ISO 26000 conference in Copenhagen Denmark was KCDI’s Executive Director Mr. Donovan McLaren. Mr McLaren articulated Jamaica position on several ISO standards. Having participated in the drafting of the final document from a local, regional and international position.