Developing a Medium Term Strategy (MTS) 2011-2015 for the Caribbean Regional Agricultural Policy Network (CARAPN)
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CTA; IICA. 2010. Developing a Medium Term Strategy (MTS) 2011-2015 for the Caribbean Regional Agricultural Policy Network (CARAPN). CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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The origin of CaRAPN was an idea suggested by the CTA in 2002, discussed and agreed to at a regional meeting in 2003 and operationalised as a project between IICA and the CTA later that same year... This meeting provides the opportunity to expand that partnership and provide the base for strengthening and sustaining the networking.
The meeting was managed by Diana Francis, Regional Specialist, Policies and Negotiations Programme, IICA Caribbean and Coordinator of the CTA-IICA CaRAPN project with support from IICA-CaRAPN Team members. Special acknowledgements and appreciation are extended to the Representative and staff of the IICA Office in Trinidad and Tobago Staff for the technical and administrative support provided in the planning and execution of the meeting. Appreciation is extended to all participants for the rich and positive dialogue, particularly significant given the relatively limited prior knowledge of CaRAPN (See Annex 1-Participant Contact information) and willingness to commit their individual and institutional time and expertise to the building of CaRAPN from a project to a sustainable network. At the end of the meeting, the participants: a) got a better appreciation of the regional policy context which circumscribes the environment and scope for agriculture policy networking (See Annex 2 – Agenda); b) got a better understanding of how CaRAPN emerged, its operation to date and the importance of the network in strengthening the agricultural policy process in the region; c) arrived at consensus and committed to participating and supporting CaRAPN as a central agricultural policy-related network in the Caribbean, d) identified and agreed to a CaRAPN Management Team to guide the process from project to sustainable networking; e) agreed to the elements defined in the Draft CaRAPN Medium Term Strategy 2011–2015 and defining a niche for CaRAPN; f) were provided with an opportunity for face-to-face dialogue, networking and exchange of information on agricultural development policy issues and processes.