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Two Jamaicans win Farmer of the Year Awards at Caribbean Week of Agriculture

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Rashaed Esson

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#TheBahamas, October 23, 2023 – Two Jamaicans claimed awards for farming at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture opening held Tuesday October 10, at the Breezes Resort in Nassau, Bahamas and it included a veteran and a relative newcomer.

Jamaican win Farmer of the Year awards

Diandra Rowe, a farmer of eight years and nine months at her family Abbey Garden farm in Central Jamaica won Youth Farmer of the Year.  The enviable prize highlighted the ability of not just younger people, but the ability of Caribbean women to break gender stereotypes in any industry.

Rowe, proudly mounted the podium to collect her award, a hand-carved wooden carrot, proving that young Diandra is worth her weight in gold; she received rousing applause and gave an address which expressed how humbled she was at receiving the coveted CARICOM award and pleading to the many stakeholders in the room to dig deeper when it comes to making agriculture more intriguing for future generations.

The young farmer made an important point about agriculture, saying it is aging and that it is certainly of global concern that young people have become disenchanted with the agriculture sector.

In order to see continued success in the sector, she says it’s important that the mindset of young people is changed, adding that this will require exposure, investment opportunities and continued guidance and attention from top individuals in the industry.

Ms. Rowe informed that the qualities of youths such as being dynamic, resourceful, enthusiastic, creative, innovative and adventurous are what the agriculture sector requires to thrive.

Diandra, a third generation farmer, thought her life’s work would follow the trajectory of her university education, but fate would have her return to her father’s farm, Abbey Garden, which is not only feeding thousands of Jamaicans but which has now attracted regional attention and acclaim.

Diandra Rowe Abbey Garden Farm

Peter McConnell of Trade Winds Citrus Limited Jamaica, led the awards presentations at the opening which welcomed Ministers of Agriculture from around the Caribbean, key executives from CARICOM, the United Nations and other stakeholder organizations.

McConnell was named the 2023 Farmer of the Year during the 13th staging of Caribbean Week of Agriculture.

McConnell, who has been in the industry some 35 years, in his remarks admitted being proud of having won the award for his agriculture and manufacturing empire as the organization was, according to him, on its way to reaching its vision “to be the region’s leader in premium quality fruit and agro based beverages, while consistently providing optimum benefits to all stakeholders.”

During his address, he made a crucial point about sustainable development in the industry, saying that the key to food security is using modern technology to drive efficiency which he says is what’s done at Trade Winds.

McConnell later made another powerful point saying Jamaica, his home country, “can and will feed itself” and “CARICOM can and will feed itself.”

 

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Bahamas Consulate Opens in LA

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#Bahamas#LosAngeles, February 19th, 2024 – The Bahamas Consulate General in Los Angeles, United States. officially opened on February 19th, 2024, by Prime Minister Philip Davis, reaffirming the commitment of the Government to protect all Bahamians as well as The Bahamas’ Economic interests and provide consular support for Bahamians on the West Coast of the United States. This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

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NBA’s Buddy Hield appointed as Ambassador

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#BuddyHield#Bahamas, February 19th, 2024 – Accomplished Bahamian Basketball player Chavano Buddy Hield, has been appointed as Ambassador-at-Large for Sports and Cultural Achievement, by the Davis Administration. This is a major accomplishment recognizing, according to the Office of the Prime Minister, Hield’s outstanding journey from Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama to the NBA as well as his commitment to inspire Bahamians. Prime Minister Philip Davis speaking at his Credential Presentation, expressed great appreciation to Hield. He said “Thank you for being a shining example of what it means to be truly great, both on and off the court. Congratulations Ambassador.”

 

 

 

 

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UNDP appoints new Resident Representative for The Bahamas

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[Nassau, 6 February 2024] – The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) newly appointed Resident Representative for The Bahamas, Kishan Khoday presented his credentials to Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusa Ali yesterday at the Ministry.

As Resident Representative assigned to the UNDP Multi-Country Office in Jamaica, Mr. Khoday also represents UNDP in The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands. 

Mr. Khoday, a Canadian national of Indian descent, is currently leading a team from the Kingston office on the first leg of an official mission to The Bahamas and Bermuda. While in Nassau, he will also meet with Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Honourable Vaughn Miller; Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Honourable Jomo Campbell as well as other officials from the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Social Services and Community Development and the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

In welcoming the new Resident Representative, Ms Ali lauded significant areas of ongoing cooperation with the UNDP including disaster resilience and climate change adaptation and mitigation. She also outlined other key areas for potential collaboration related to digitization and data collection. 

Mr. Khoday pledged continuing support for The Bahamas’ development aspirations anchored on an inclusive and sustainable approach that leaves no one behind. He lauded the significant partnership between UNDP and the Government on the nation’s disaster management, climate resilience, biodiversity and debt management agendas, as well as investments in community-based action through the UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme and the India-funded Abaco Shelter project. He said that through the current Country Programme (CP)(2022-2026), UNDP offers a strategic approach to combating multidimensional poverty and advancing climate resilient, nature-based pathways, leveraging UNDP’s capacities in innovation, digitalization, and sustainable finance. “As we near the 50th anniversary of UNDP cooperation in The Bahamas, I look forward to building on our long-standing history and expanding cooperation in a way that builds resilience to multi-dimensional crises and advances results under the SDGs. This includes our partnerships for social inclusion and community empowerment; climate resilience and biodiversity, disaster management and sustainable finance,” he stated.

Mr. Khoday has served with UNDP for 25 years, having coordinated over USD $1 billion in country programming to help partners and communities around the world advance inclusive and sustainable development pathways. This included tours of duty with UNDP Country Offices in China, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia and with UNDP’s regional offices for the Middle East and North Africa based in Egypt and Jordan. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Khoday worked with government and community organizations in his home countries of Canada and India on issues of poverty reduction, ecological resilience, and community empowerment. 

Mr. Khoday is a scientist and lawyer, holding a Juris Doctorate specializing in constitutional, international, and environmental law; a Master of Science in natural resource management focused on land and water systems, and a Bachelor of Science in agriculture specializing in biodiversity and ecological change. The UNDP Resident Representative is a frequent speaker at international conferences and policy dialogues on the development agenda and a recognized thought leader on strategic issues such as climate change, ecosystem resilience, constitutionalism, postcolonial and decolonial theory, and resilience-based approaches to development, having published extensively on these and other issues.

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