U.S.V.I. to Host 31st West Indies Agricultural Economics Conference


Thee University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (UVI-CES) will host the 31st West Indies Agricultural Economics Conference, the Saint Croix Source reports. Representatives from Caribbean agricultural institutions, agricultural economists and agriculture policymakers will meet from Sunday, Aug. 9 to Friday, Aug. 14, at the Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix.
With the theme “Mitigating Climate Change Effects to Ensure Food Security,” the group will discuss risk mitigation measures for climate change, novel extension methods for addressing climate change challenges, the economics of new varieties of crops, improved animal breeds, protected agriculture, aquaculture, effects of climate change on farm profitability, price volatility and threats to Caribbean food and nutrition security.
This anniversary conference on St. Croix will provide an opportunity for scientists, farmers and policymakers to share ideas and put forth solutions for addressing climate change and its impact on the tropical and subtropical agro-economic landscape.
The week-long activities will include an island farm tour ($50) and V.I. National Park tour ($60). Registration fees are a US $300 and $150 for students. Conference registration and hotel information are available at http://ces-register.uvi.edu.
The Caribbean Agro-Economic Society (CAES) was formally launched on April 8, 1974, at the Ninth West Indies Agricultural Economics Conference in Jamaica. Among the objectives of the society are:• To facilitate exchange and flow of ideas between universities, regional and government institutions, and the private sector with respect to matters related to the economics of agricultural production and related industries

• To adopt a regional approach to the collection, collation and analysis of agricultural data
• To establish a closer working relationship between the public and private sectors in agricultural production.
Over the years, conferences have attracted a wide range of participants including policymakers, economists, researchers, agricultural economists, teachers, extension educators, farmers and other social scientists. Delegates have come from Africa, the United States, Latin America, Europe and, most importantly, the Caribbean (both English and non-English speaking).
These conferences have helped influence agricultural policy throughout the region and have attracted the support of international and Caribbean institutions, such as: The Ford Foundation, the British Overseas Development Agency, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute, the Caricom Secretariat, the International Development Research Centre, Ministries of Governments, and other public sector agencies and private sector organizations throughout the region.
The 31st West Indies Agricultural Economics Conference is hosted by the Caribbean Agro-Economic Society (CAES), University of the West Indies Department of Agricultural Economics, the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station, the V.I. Department of Agriculture, the V.I. Department of Tourism, and the Caribbean Food Crops Society – V.I. Chapter.
For more information, visit the conference Web site at: www.caestt.com or contact Kwame Garcia Sr., Tel. 692-4093 or e-mail: kgarcia@uvi.edu.

For the original report go to http://stcroixsource.com/content/community/organizations/2015/06/16/usvi-host-31st-west-indies-agricultural-economics-confere

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