Social Media Enthusiasts Wanted!!! Building your Social Currency Workshop in Trinidad & Tobago

The local agriculture sector faces many challenges: limited access to information, poor implementation policies and disjointed land administration agencies. Even so, many stakeholders of all kinds face these problems head on, creating solutions that benefit their environment. Problem-solving in the agriculture sector should be encouraged! The practice of using one’s limited resources to move forward with projects and enterprises should definitely be propagated, and social media can play a crucial role in this.

Five enterprises have come together to contribute towards moving the agriculture sector forward. They are the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) from Trinidad and Tobago, Tech4agri, W.H.Y Farm, Lukesmith T.V, and Ebites. Together with social media expert Peter Casier, we designed a workshop for young professionals, specifically for those who are working in the agriculture sector, to develop their online presence. Continue reading

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Picking up the slack: Small island agriculture vs climate change

Cattle seek refuge from the searing heat among shrubbery in Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Cattle seek refuge from the searing heat among shrubbery in Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines                  Credit: Kenton X. Chance/IPS

In the climate community we are all aware that developing countries feel the effect of climate change sometimes more heavily than developed countries. But what of Small Island developing states (SIDS)? Due to the miniscule stature of these nations we have little effect on the wider world and as a result we are forgotten. Apologies for being blunt but this is likely true. However what will the leaders of the wider world have to say in 2015 as the climate change issue is now heavily, albeit ironically affecting agriculture, our one and only food source?

A rundown of effects

“The most obvious felt consequence of climate change has been a rise in temperatures affecting poultry, dairy and pig industries and to a lesser extent on small ruminants,” explains Mr. Norman Gibson, Science Officer at the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI) headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago. With regards to the poultry sector, adverse effects include higher mortality and morbidity (that is reduced productivity) though that industry’s structure is based entirely on imported inputs and production processes. Therefore the privately run Caribbean Poultry Association is primed to commit the necessary resources to combat the problem. On the other hand for the dairy sector, effects include reduced feed conversion and milk production. Continue reading

An -Upworthy- island movement

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When last was there an international story about the Caribbean, a small, relatively known region of the world? Stereotypically the most recent is more than likely a story on relaxing island life, the beautiful weather and friendly people. Threatening this serenity and way of life is climate change – this is obvious due to the increased number of hurricanes in recent years that have completely destroyed infrastructure and the livelihoods of so many islanders. However what is not clear is the fact that tackling the climate change issue seems to be one of few things that the region can do together as one.

I confess myself ignorant

Prior to writing this article most would think, including myself that there is little talk of the climate change issue despite the heavy impact the Caribbean has felt. Never has a notion been so inaccurate. One glimpse into the climate change diaspora of the region gives an insight into the progress that has been made and what is yet to come. Continue reading

2014 Distance Learning Scholarships

Information for Candidates

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships support candidates to study Master’s degree courses that are either offered in partnership with universities in developing countries, or delivered directly by UK institutions.

2014 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are being offered for the following Master’s courses. Full details of these courses and the application process must be obtained from the relevant institution, via the link below. Continue reading

All Power to the Imagination!

Social media is changing the way we view the world, and the agriculture sector is not immune to its effect. For instance, social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and Youtube are redefining the way we communicate in the agriculture industry.  

The Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation YoBloCo Awards is redefining the way the world views agriculture by providing youths with a chance to share on agriculture initiatives in their countries’ to a wider audience. Ebites1 is no exception to this call for young voices on agriculture issues. Continue reading

Agri-Youth have a say if you want to build

Money Photo by Remo, CC by-2.0
Photo by Remo, CC by-2.0

Caribbean bloggers, agriculture and rural development institutions you have a chance to win thousands of Euros. The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) – ARDYIS Project has issued a call for the submission of blogs for the 2013/2014 Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBLoCO) but keep in mind the deadline is January 31st, 2014. Continue reading

Best carambola recipe ever

Carambola Recipe – Carambola Crumble

When it comes to cookery I am very inventive. My housemates and friends are always asking me how I come up with these recipes, my usual response is that I was hungry and saw the items in the fridge or I was under some stressed and I used this as my method of dealing with the situation. To be completely honestly I do not know why I like to create recipes like this one. It’s just natural for me to make things or revamp an old recipe.

Therefore, it was not a shock to anyone when I saw some five fingers in the fridge that a friend had dropped off and decided to try something different with it.  The results are what you will see in the slideshow below but first feel free to give the recipe a try I am sure you will not regret it.

Required Ingredients

  • 4 Carambola (Five Fingers), washed, cored and cubed
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 200g whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup of oats
  • 1/3 cup of cranberries
  • 120g butter
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon

Method – Carambola Recipe

  1. Put the cubed carambola into a pan; add three quarters of the sugar, the cinnamon and cover. Allow to stew gently for half an hour, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Keep checking as they can easily burn at the beginning.
  2. Check that the fruit is cooked by mashing it a bit with a wooden spoon. The carambola should be soft but not puréed.
  3. Put the carambola into the serving dish and allow to cool. Set the temperature of the oven to 350 C.
  4. Mix the whole wheat flour, cranberries, oats , remaining sugar and the butter with your fingers in a bowl until it becomes like a breadcrumb consistency. Cover the stewed carambola with the crumble topping, without pressing down.
  5. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until the crumble is golden brown and crunchy. Spoon a helping of crumble into a dish.

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