THE NETHERLANDS24-27 APRIL, 2013CTA ICT ObservatorymeetingStrengthening e-AgricultureStrategies in ACP Countries
Countries: 15 + 5 Associates + ObserversPopulation: 15 million +Workforce: relatively youngLanguages:English, French, Dutch, Creole, SpanishTrade Union – CARIFORUM ((CARICOM +Dominican RepublicCARICOM AT A GLANCE
The main objectives of the CARICOM Single Market &Economy are:• full use of labour (full employment) and• full exploitation of the other factors of production(natural resources and capital);• competitive production leading to greater varietyand quantity of products and services to trade withother countries.• ~ for improved standards of living and work andsustained economic developmentFLAGSHIP PROGRAMME – CSM&E
A Diversified services sectorOpen and competitive marketsGreater utilisation of developments intraditional areas ( e.g. Biotechnology inagriculture)Growth of regional enterprisesGrowth of tele-workUrgent need to reduce unemployment andincrease the employment rateNew Caribbean Economy
CONTEXTAgriculture is a complex system, encompassing awide range of activities and issues:family agriculture versus large-scaleagriculture, commodity production versus valueadded at origin, productivity versus sustainability. hink of thehundredsindustrial, medicinal and cosmetic applications, andthe thousands of subproducts produced by theexisting production chains. Elements affecting agro-industry such theo weather, water, soils, pests, human resources, etc.
Limited financing and inadequate levels of new investments; Deficient and uncoordinated risk management measures; Inadequate research and development; Outdated and inefficient agricultural health and food safety(AHFS) systems; Weak land and water distribution and management systems; Inadequate transportation systems, particularly forperishables; Weak and non-integrated market information and intelligencesystems; Weak linkages and participation of producers in growthmarket segments; and Lack of skilled and quality human resources.CHALLENGES
REVISED TREATY OF CHAGUARAMASThe Community – include objectives:improved standards of living and work;full employment of labour and other factors of production; accelerated, co-ordinated and sustained economicdevelopment and convergence;expansion of trade and economic relations with third States;enhanced levels of international competitiveness;organisation for increased production and productivity;the achievement of a greater measure of economic leverageeffectiveness of Member States in dealing with thirdStates, groups of States and entities of any description;
CARICOM Agricultural PolicyThe major objective of the CAP is to developagriculture, fisheries and forestry in a regionalframework and perspective.Caribbean farmers and agribusinesses need to besupported to provide more food for the regionalmarket.Rural livelihoods and youth programs must beimproved and expanded.Little explicit mention of the use of ICT
CARICOM POLICIESREGIONAL FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITYPOLICY (2010)FOUR (4) dimensions:1. food availability,2. household access,3. nutritional adequacy (consumption/biologicalutilization and care practices) and4. the stability of the three componentsNINE COUNTRIES PREPARING BY JUNE 2013
NATIONAL DIGITAL STRATEGIESSTATE/AGENCYICT POLICY/STRATEGYKEY THEMES SECTOR FOCUSSt. Lucia E-developmentStrategyE-government Tourism; legislation,trainingSt Kitts andNevisStrategy - to berevisedInfrastructure forInformationsocietyTourism, financialservices, education,agricultureSt. Vincentand theGrenadinesStrategy androad mapPublic sectorreform, HR,InfrastructureEducation, content,cultureSuriname In process Education, socialdevelopmentEducation, healthcareTrinidad andTobagoPolicy andstrategyHR, economy, e-governmentEducation, SME,health care, justice
AGRI INITIATIVES Trinidad - NAMIS (National Agricultural MIS)namistt.com which matches buyers & growersGrenada - a Farmers link up with DigicelCaFAN Caribbean Farmers NetworkUWI T&T have a SMS App for the sale of fish.SVG - NAMIS system to match farm output withSupermarkets.
CARICOM POLICIESYOUTH STUDY - EYE 0N THE FUTURE.Investing in YOUTH NOW for. TomorrowsCommunity. Report of the CARICOMCommission on Youth Development. January2010ICT IN RELATION TO EDUCATIONNO AGRICULTURESERVICES ACTION PLAN IN TRAININDUSTRIAL POLICYENERGY POLICY
ICT – REGIONAL DIGITAL DEVELOPMENTSTRATEGYCollaborative leadership/governance (rationaliseoverlapping functions of multiple agenciesResearch and Innovation (application supportingsustainability) Key social & Economic development measures(ICTs providing a supportive environment incommunities, lifelonglearning, business, government)CARICOM POLICIES
Is our Market share growing?In spite of all the available policies – still needfor more Policies. Why?Do these policies matter to the ‘person-in-the –street’?Driven by International Agenda?LeadershipPolitical willknowledge Are we reaping the rewards of our organic and innovative product base?CHALLENGE
OPPORTUNITIES Global definition ofICTDEVELOPMENTohave been anchored to economic activities.oThe UNDP Development Index (1991) - by coupling it assustainable development which speaks to “meetingthe needs to today and of future generations”oat the simplest level, development implies growth ormaturation and advancement.
OpportunitiesDocument and measure the IMPACT ofAgriculture initiativesImprove access to information for:Policy and decision-makingProductionAgribusiness developmentResearch
OPPORTUNITIESDevelop innovation policies showing pivotalrole of ICT in SECTOR developmentManage strategically the overlapping relatedinitiatives - HARMONISATIONE.g. Early warning systemsDatabases / data collectionMDGs / WSISPOLICIESMORE TALK !!! LESS TALK - MORE ACTION!!!
THANK YOU FOR YOURATTENTION!JENNIFER BRITTONDEPUTY PROGRAMME MANAGER – ICT4DEMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgSKYPE: caricomict4dexternalCONTACT INFORMATION