The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Rural Transformation Industry and Labour, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), will host an Agro-tourism Policy Setting Workshop on March 19th and 20th, at the Beachcombers Conference Room at Villa.
The objectives of the workshop are:
- To promote linkages between the agro-food sector and the tourism industry to increase sustainable local sourcing of fresh and processed agricultural and fisheries products, through an effective agro-tourism policy;
- To increase the understanding and awareness of the current deficiencies in the supply of food products along the value chain and to identify the actions needed;
- To design inter-sectoral and inclusive policies which promote Public-Private sector Partnerships (PPPs) for improved local food use and consumption by the tourism and foodservice sectors;
- To revise the strategy for the development of farm tourism in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The feature speaker will be Hon Cecil McKie, Minister of Sports & Culture. The workshop begins at 9:00am.