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Jamaica poised to tap into US$150-billion gastronomy market

By CTA Admin | Oct 20, 2016

Minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica is uniquely poised to tap into the US$150-billion international gastronomy market, propelling the tourism industry even faster towards further economic growth. Addressing a Gastronomy of Fats and Oils Seminar on October 12, Bartlett said studies conducted by the tourism ministry show that food is a major draw for…

Eastern Caribbean Focuses on Economic Growth and Youth Empowerment

By CTA Admin | Oct 20, 2016

The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is preparing a Growth and Development Strategy at the core of which is a Youth Development Strategy to help the region to deal with world and regional challenges. Prensa Latina talked with the director general of the bloc, Didacus Jules, about these issues and the priorities and future…

Thai Princess agrees to represent UN FAO as Special Ambassador for Zero Hunger

By CTA Admin | Oct 17, 2016

Thai Princess agrees to represent UN FAO as Special Ambassador for Zero Hunger The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today announced that Her Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, has graciously agreed to represent the Organization as an FAO Special Ambassador for Zero Hunger. The announcement was made during…

On World Food Day, Asia and the Pacific prepare agriculture for climate change

By CTA Admin | Oct 17, 2016

On World Food Day, Asia and the Pacific prepare agriculture for climate change In the Asia-Pacific region, increasingly prone to climate related disasters, droughts and floods, adapting agriculture to climate change requires immediate action, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization announced today. “We can see that climate change is happening, and we know that our…

How to Take a Journey of Chocolate in Belize

By CTA Admin | Oct 12, 2016

The Maya Beach Hotel & Bistro, located on Belize’s Placencia Peninsula, is offering an immersive package that allows travelers to interact with local Mayan families and learn first hand how they’ve lived off the land in the “cradle of chocolate.” Guests experience a culinary learning education as they enjoy a tour of a local organic chocolate…

World Food Day 2016: Announcement of UN FAO Special Ambassador for Zero Hunger

By CTA Admin | Oct 11, 2016

World Food Day 2016: Announcement of UN FAO Special Ambassador for Zero Hunger The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will convene the Asia-Pacific regional observance of World Food Day on Monday, 17 October 2016 at its regional office, 39 Phra Atit Road 10200 Bangkok. This year’s event will be very high-profile…

FAO supports ASEAN initiative in the establishment of a Coordinating Centre for Animal Health and Zoonoses

By CTA Admin | Oct 7, 2016

FAO supports ASEAN initiative in the establishment of a Coordinating Centre for Animal Health and Zoonoses With the increasing threat of emerging and re-emerging zoonoses, transboundary animal diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) today announced a regional approach to counter the dangers. ASEAN has committed to the establishment of…

FAO Director-General awarded for outstanding contributions to rural development, food security and agriculture

By CTA Admin | Oct 6, 2016

FAO Director-General awarded for outstanding contributions to rural development, food security and agriculture The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, José Graziano da Silva, was today awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy from Pakistan’s University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS). The degree was conferred by the UVAS…

Bank On Agriculture, Tourism To Spur Growth

By CTA Admin | Oct 3, 2016

With the Jamaican economy perennially experiencing anaemic growth, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sagicor Group Jamaica, Richard Byles is unwavering in his suggestion that agriculture and tourism are among the top two sectors that can provide real opportunities for economic expansion. He produced data which show that currently, trading contributes the most to the Jamaican…

A Sandals Resorts Manager Wins An Emmy

By CTA Admin | Oct 3, 2016

Sandals Resorts International’s group manager, food and beverage standards, Paul Bauer now has an Emmy. It’s for his role as producer on culinary television series, A Taste of History. Bauer produced the Grenada: The Island of Spice episode, aired during season seven of the show, which broadcasts throughout the United States on PBS and RLTV. The…

BRICS well placed to lead agricultural reforms to improve nutrition and rural livelihoods

By CTA Admin | Sep 23, 2016

BRICS well placed to lead agricultural reforms to improve nutrition and rural livelihoods – With 42 percent of the world’s population, the group of countries that make up the BRICS are in a position to shape agricultural policies that would strengthen global food security and transform rural societies and livelihoods, Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and…

Gov’t wants to create greater agriculture–tourism linkages

By CTA Admin | Sep 20, 2016

One way of reducing Saint Lucia’s high food import bill is to encourage the use of locally grown agricultural products by the hotel sector, something which Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee said his government plans to expand. The minister said he has started discussions with his cabinet colleague, Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph, who, according to him, understands…

Outdoor Food Markets Are Where We Eat, Meet, and Greet

By CTA Admin | Sep 19, 2016

When the weather is fine and the produce is at its peak, chances are you’ll find an outdoor market near you, filled with riotous colors, sounds, and smells; not to mention seven varieties of organically grown lettuce. Outdoor farmers markets have doubled to more than 8,000 venues in the U.S. in the last decade. The…