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Friday, 08 October 2010

Briefing: Strengthening the Caribbean agri-food private sector

The CTA and its partners will held the second regional Briefing in the Caribbean on "Strengthening the Caribbean agri-food private sector: challenges for SMEs in the agri-food sector in the Caribbean"on 18-19th October at the occasion of the Caribbean Agricultural Week. The ACP regional Briefings are linked to the Brussels Briefings (http://brusselsbriefings.net). This Briefing will discuss the challenges that the Caribbean private sector faces in the context of the financial and food crises as well as the resulting increased demand for agricultural products. While looking at the broader economic environment,it will examine the key issues involved on value chains and clusters. Access to finance by the private sector has always remained a major challenge and SMEs still struggle to access finance due to some stringent requirements by commercial banks and the existing and potential financing mechanisms in support of the private sector at regional level will be reviewed. Finally, the last panel will look into the startegies needed for repositioning Caribbean agriculture.

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