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

Please support my YAP Proposal

Hello 

I have submitted an application to the Youth Agripreneur Project (YAP).  For those of you not familiar with the “YAP” project it is a pilot program which targets young agricultural entrepreneurs or “agripreneurs”.

My proposal is titled ‘Ebites’: More than a blog—becoming a business aims to promote the use of ICTs in the agricultural sector and will place a specific emphasis on livestock issues, youth leadership, rural cooperation and policy development and advocacy for the inclusion of women in agriculture. Part of the dream for my business venture is to change the way people perceive agriculture by making more success stories available to readers and viewers.  Continue reading

Celebrating Youth Diversity

This year the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) is celebrating their 10th anniversary by having their members, partners and supporters share their testimonials on being a Ypardian. Watch the video below to hear about my experience with Ypard.

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Mango Festival 2015

Hi All,

Last Sunday I got the chance to attend the Mango Festival and decided to share a few pictures from the experience I hope you enjoy viewing them.

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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

Neglected Opportunity: Cannabis as a potential savior for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Photo of Cannabis, by Charlón
Photo of Cannabis, by Charlón

The most Versatile, Efficacious plant on earth!!

Amidst the hype on the decriminalisation of marijuana and the subsequent “herb” revolution, has any real thought been put into the possibilities that could develop as a result?

We in Trinidad and Tobago have for the most part, always had a buffer to protect against economic strain and the resulting ills (I’m referring to the natural resources of oil and gas mainly, among the many others that we are blessed with).  However, even when managed with extreme care, they are not renewable and therefore leave us vulnerable.   Continue reading

TT Girls

 

Girl with Tablet,
Girl with Tablet, Image by itupicutres

Yesterday I had an opportunity to view the live stream of Trinidad and Tobago’s 2nd Women and Girls in ICT Forum. I have to admit; I was a bit blown away by the presentations. The Ministry of Science and Technology Trinidad and Tobago appeared to go all out. They provided an interactive environment for female students, guest and online viewers. Continue reading

Women and Girls in ICT Forum

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The Ministry of Science and Technology Trinidad and Tobago is hosting its 2nd Women and Girls in ICT Forum tomorrow at 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. I highly recommend that you try to participate in this event which aims to showcase the opportunities available from women in ICTs. Continue reading

We should all be feminist, even in agriculture

I am an avid TEDx Talks fan who is constantly on the lookout for new talks that will stimulate discussions among my friends and colleagues. Thus, when I saw this video from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, I knew I had to share it with you guys.  Continue reading