The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) recently completed the second phase of a project that provided technical support to the ministry of Agriculture in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, as reported by the specialized agency of the Inter-American System for rural development.
The Institute assisted in developing the commercial and production capabilities of technical specialists and producers of the coffee sector on the island.
IICA launched the project in 2016 in response to a request for advice regarding the feasibility of coffee production in St Vincent and Dominica.
Two technical specialists from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines visited Jamaica, where they interacted with chain stakeholders involved in industry governance.
Additionally, technical specialists from St Vincent visited Costa Rica to study the operation of the coffee industry.
They toured coffee propagation nurseries, coffee research facilities, coffee farms of varying sizes and with different farming system approaches, and plants where coffee berries are processed for domestic and external markets.
The technical specialists also learned about barism, a highly specialized practice used to evaluate coffee cup quality.
The final activity of the second phase of the project involved the delivery of two commercial coffee varieties to the ministry of Agriculture, in order to conduct research under local climatic conditions.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have highlighted IICA’s efforts to support the coffee sector and have expressed interest in receiving further support.