CABI welcomed Barbados as its 48th member country in a ceremony attended by CABI Chief Executive Officer, Dr Trevor Nicholls and the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Michael King. The ceremony took place at the CABI Regional Consultation meeting with Member Countries from the Americas and the Caribbean which was held in Barbados from 20-21 February, 2013.
CABI CEO, Dr Trevor Nicholls (right) welcomes Barbados to the CABI family as the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Michael King receives the Country Membership Certificate on behalf of Barbados.
“Membership of CABI gives national governments input into CABI’s global development agenda and links them to CABI’s international network of partners. We welcome Barbados to CABI membership and thank them for hosting the regional consultation meeting. We look forward to continuing our work with Barbados and to welcoming more member countries from all over the world.’’ Dr Trevor Nicholls, Chief Executive Officer, CABI.
“Barbados has maintained a close relationship with CABI through the execution of a number of joint programmes and projects. Our Membership with CABI could not have come at a more appropriate time as the country embarks on the transformation of its agricultural sector to achieve sustainability and ensure food security through capacity building and the utilization of modern technologies”, Mr Michael King, Permanent Secretary, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management.
CABI has been involved in implementing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme for cotton farmers in Barbados. Part of the programme involved training farmers in identifying cotton pests and their natural enemies and implementing management and control strategies to protect their crops.
A member of CABI’s Caribbean and Latin America Office, Yelitza Colmenarez, was awarded “Scientist of the Year’’ by the Ministry of Agriculture in Barbados on 7 July, 2009 as recognition for this work.