Over the years, the Caribbean agricultural agenda has continued to be guided / driven by the sequence of initiatives/reports following the declaration of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, July, 1973. These include the Regional Transformation Programme for Agriculture (RTP), and ‘The Jagdeo Initiative’, which was conceptualised to hasten its implementation. Some highlights of the regional agricultural strategy are captured by Norman Girvan’s ‘priorities for regional action’ that are summarised as follows:

- The upgrading of facilities for intra-regional agricultural trade and transport

- The strengthening of regional collaboration in agricultural Research & Development as well as increased funding for regional bodies

- Evaluation of investment opportunities

- Market intelligence-Sharing of information with respect to the demand and supply of agricultural commodities

The implementation of these actions places emphasis on the generation of appropriate technology products and services in areas of:

- Post harvest (including cleaning, storage, sorting, packaging)

- Improved/state of the art analytical and (germplasm) storage equipment, capacity building etc.

- Information management and distribution

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