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Minister of State LaRoda makes assessment of impacts of Hurricane Fiona on Mayaguana

NASSAU, Bahamas — Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response, the Hon. Myles K. LaRoda, along with a contingent  of Government Ministers, Senior Government Officials, Disaster Managers and Planners, Damage Assessment personnel, and personnel from the Ministry of Works, Bahamas Power and Light, the Department of Social Services and the Royal. Bahamas Defence Force, departed New Providence Wednesday morning for Mayaguana to conduct first-hand assessments of the impacts of Tropical Storm-Force winds associated with Hurricane Fiona on Mayaguana. State-Minister LaRoda was joined by Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources with responsibility for Local Government, the Hon. Clay Sweeting; Mr. Basil McIn...

DPM Cooper to lead Bahamas delegation to CARICOM Agri-Investment Forum and Expo II

NASSAU, Bahamas, 19 August 2022 – Creating an innovative and modern agricultural sector and attracting investments to the agri-business sector will top discussions at the second CARICOM Agri-Investment Forum and Expo taking place in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 18 – 21 August. In the margins, there will be a meeting of Lead Heads of the Caribbean community to discuss Haiti. “We are moving in the direction of forward-looking greenhouse technologies and climate smart agriculture, with the built-in advantage of being sustainable and carbon negative,” said the Hon. I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, who will represent the Prime Minister and lead a delegation including H.E. Winston Pinnock, Bahamas Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture ...

BAMSI holds Bahamian Artisans Show & Farmers Pop-Up Shop

NASSAU, The Bahamas — The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) held its Bahamian Artisans Show & Farmers Pop-Up Shop to exhibit support for local farmers (commercial and backyard) and provide information on plans for the Fall Semester. Various stalls, from academic and aquaponic, to preservatives and livestock, were on show, August 6, on the grounds of the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts. BAMSI Chairman Tyrel Young thanked the patrons of the festivities, stating he hoped it provided more inspiration for backyard farming.

BAMSI partners with Duke University

Nassau, Bahamas, July 27, 2022: IN A MOVE to strengthen its research capacity and expose students and staff to global best practices in the midst of a climate impacted environment, the Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) has formed, what BAMSI President, Senator, the Hon. Dr. Erecia Hepburn calls, a strategic partnership with Duke University, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the United States. The partnership, Dr Hepburn said, is the result of linkages formed with the leadership team of the DukeEngage Programme. “Through a combined effort, the BAMSI/Duke partnership will look to tackle food insecurity, climate change, and environmental impacts. Working with Director Harris and Site Coordinator Jackie Terrell is already proving to be beneficial and...

Minister Sweeting pays courtesy call on Jamaica’s agriculture minister.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Agricultural industry officials of The Bahamas paid a courtesy call on Jamaica’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries the Hon. Pernel Charles (centre right), in Kingston, July 26, 2022. At the courtesy call were: Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs the Hon. Clay Sweeting (centre left); Parliamentary Secretary Leonardo Lightbourne (right); Bahamas FAO Ambassador H.E. Winston Pinnock(left); Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI), and Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) officials. During the meeting, both ministers vowed to work together to combat food insecurity.

Volcani International Partnerships Touts Bahamas’ Agriculture Potential

Nassau, Bahamas: The delegation of experts from Volcani International Partnerships (VIP) that visited The Bahamas recently says that the country has immense potential to increase food security. VIP experts from Israel were in The Bahamas from June 11-17 and visited New Providence, Abaco, Eleuthera and Grand Bahama. “I think we were very encouraged and impressed with the farmers that we met. I think there were two things that really stuck out for us. The first was their desire and eagerness to learn both by self-education and taking advantage of all kinds of online opportunities. And I think the second element is actually the ingenuity, entrepreneurial spirit and the local capacity for innovation,” said Executive Director of VIP Danielle Abraham. “I think our experts learned a lot from loca...

FAO and MOAMRFIA Ink Four-Year Country Programme Framework Agreement

Digital Village To Be Developed In Eleuthera Nassau, Bahamas:  In an effort to assist with the transformation of the agri-food systems in The Bahamas, the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs and the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed an Agreement for the development of a Digital Territorial Village in Eleuthera. The village is a hub to create linkages between rural-urban communities for digital innovation ecosystems to drive the support of agribusiness in targeted communities on Eleuthera.  This will be accomplished through providing access to apps, e-commerce and other innovative technologies used to boost agriculture development. It’s a pilot programme that’s a part of the signing of FAO ’s 2022-2026 Country Programming Framework (CP...

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