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CTA. 2003. Visionary fountains. Spore 104. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A regional workshop held in Paramaribo, Suriname at the end of January 2003 proposed the establishment of a policy network with a view to contributing to
A regional workshop held in Paramaribo, Suriname at the end of January 2003 proposed the establishment of a policy network with a view to contributing to "the fundamental transformation of the agricultural sector of the CARICOM/CARIFORUM countries though strengthening the process of agricultural policy decision making". The network is to be launched in October 2003 and is intended to supplement the work of the some 20 existing agricultural networks, mostly product- and process-focused, in the region. The need for more cohesive regional cooperation on agriculture has become more urgent in the Caribbean, as in other regions, in the context of regional participation in multilateral trade negotiations. The proposed network therefore has two goals: to operate a system of information exchange for promoting effective agricultural and rural development policies in line with national development objectives; and to support the formulation of common negotiating positions with regard to extra-regional agricultural trade agreements and the promotion of intra-regional trade. The launch of the Caribbean network, and a Pacific equivalent which is likely to emerge in the next year or two, will mean that all six ACP regions have a regional agricultural policy network. While the indicators for the desired 'fundamental transformation' have yet to evolve, the workshop and the resulting network were boosted by a host government paper on the repositioning of agriculture and the enhancement of rural life. In all, 32 participants from 14 Caribbean countries attended the event, co-organised by CTA and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA).