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Naitram (Bob) Ramnanan Scientist/ IAS Coordinator and Regional Representative - Caribbean and Central America

T: +1 868 662 4173; +1 868 645 7628


CABI, Gordon Street, Curepe, Trinidad and Tobago

As a project scientist for CABI, I have been given the task of managing the UNEP/GEF project: Mitigating the threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean. A major component of this project is to establish a regional strategy for dealing with invasives. To successfully accomplish this, I will draw on my 10 years spent at the Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), six of which I was Assistant to the Caribbean Regional Director. At IICA I developed a relationship with the main regional organisations and personalities that are key in developing this strategy.

I have considerable expertise in agricultural development, specifically in monitoring and evaluating projects, information, communication, public relations and training. This was gained over a 15 year period at both IICA and the National Marketing and Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO) and will serve me well in this new role where we will be collaborating with other key stakeholders in the region to put the issue of invasive alien species in the Caribbean in the front burner.

My experience as a core member of the team that developed the National Agricultural Marketing Information System for Trinidad and Tobago will assist me in one of the key functions of the Project Manager, which is to establish and maintain a website dedicated to promoting the issue of invasives in the Caribbean.

My training in managing teams of people will be put to use in overseeing a dynamic team of National Coordinators who will be charged with coordinating the project's activities in five countries across the region.

Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Researching introduced forest species in Trinidad

Many introduced species can have an adverse effect on native biodiversity, especially on a delicate island habitat such as Trinidad and Tobago. Three forest species are being particularly troubling, namely, Tectona grandis (teak), Acacia mangium (brown salwood) and Leucaena leucocephala (white leadtree). So,...
Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Assessing a biocontrol agent for Jatropha gossypiifolia

Jatropha gossypiifolia (bellyache bush) is a major invasive plant in Australia. Previous biocontrol efforts have concentrated on insects but the Australian Government are now keen on trying fungal pathogens. As experts, CABI is carrying out safety and efficacy experiments on a rust fungus in Trinidad....
  1. Ramnanan, N. and Francis, D. 2009. A threat to Caribbean Biodiversity...Invasive Alien Species. In a Nut Shell series. Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. (final stages of preparation)
  2. Ramnanan, N. and Chesney, H.A.D 2000. The WGM Group symbolizes IICA’s Philosophy of “Beyond a Sectoral Approach”. COMUNICA year 5, No. 14; 2000.
  3. Ramnanan, N. 1996. Considerations for the sustainable production of soursop, Part II. Tropical Fruits Newsletter, No. 18 IICA Office in Trinidad and Tobago.
  4. Ramnanan, N. 1996. Considerations for the sustainable production of soursop, Part I. Tropical Fruits Newsletter, No. 17 IICA Office in Trinidad and Tobago
  5. Ramnanan, N. Ahmad, N. and Griffith, S.M. 1994. Urea 15N Uptake with varying rates, time and methods of application by a dasheen crop (Colocasia esculenta var escultenta) in an acid Vertisol of Trinidad. Fertilizer Research 42 Nos 1-3.
  6. Ramnanan, N. Ahmad, N. and Griffith, S.M. 1994. Nitrogen uptake and within plant distribution and its effect on yield of the dasheen crop (Colocasia esculenta var esculenta). International Symposium: Tropical Agriculture 2000 Sept 4-9 1994. Trinidad and Tobago.
  7. Ramnanan, N. Ahmad, N. Griffith, S.M. 1993. Costs and returns of upland dahseen production in the Bejucal area of Trinidad and their implication for export. Proceedings. 7th NIHERST National Agriculture Seminar 9-10 November 1993.
  8. An Intensive and Sustainable Cultivation System for Barbadine (Passiflora quadrangularis L.) Proceedings. 29th Congress of the Caribbean Food Crops Society, Martinique, July 5-9 1993.