Monday, 16 September 2013

Gun Powder and Agriculture


It has been awhile since I have taken the time to blog; but I have been having such a time exploring and now I am so excited to share some with you.

I find myself attached to a rural transformation group and this afforded me to be a part of discussion on agriculture and rural development. Well we took a journey across the dry river (yet I did say dry river) to see my ancestors and the work they are doing to restore a Magazine.

This magazine was constructed by the French in 1773 in Owia, St Vincent. It was used to store gun powder. It makes a very interesting place to visit and find out the history.

The Owia/Point Rural transformation group is spearing heading the restoration and hope to make it part of the tourism product along with the Owia Salt Pond Park. 

Next time you visit St Vincent remember to visit!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Hezekiah - Beckett Style

I found this song on you tube recently. Believe me I was happy. I was nostalgic....memories of childhood. This song rings through and surpasses all obstacles....

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Agribusiness Opportunity

I just want to take a little break from the true nature of the blog and share a little of what we doing in my neck of the woods to foster youth in agriculture development and value chain attention:

Agribusiness Enterprises to be the focus of Business Labs Workshop
Twenty-five persons will later this month be engaged in a one-week on-the-spot Business Labs Workshop focused on Agribusiness Enterprises, sponsored by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) and Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV), in collaboration with the Centre for Enterprise Development Inc (CED).

The workshop will provide trainers and young entrepreneurs with guidance and support to generate viable and creative ideas to assure new agribusiness enterprises. The Business Lab will stimulate innovation and generate entrepreneurial initiatives that positively affect the society and their community.  The Workshop will offer hands-on business experience and guidance in business modeling and planning, marketing and financing; it will evaluate existing ventures to identify and pursue new opportunities.

It will run from August 26-30 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Conference Room and will be facilitated by an Israeli team comprising Mr.  David Slyper, who is a former Founder and CEO of Business Development Centers (MATI) and Technology Incubators and Innovator of SME supporting tools in Israel and other developing countries; and Miss Rina Yaffe, an expert in developing training programs using experiential learning methods and a facilitator of innovative workshops on entrepreneurship and on the implementation of SME supporting tools and networks in developing countries.

By the end of the Business Labs participants will have 
  1. expanded acquaintance, self-confidence and understanding of agribusiness in practical planning, development, economics, operations, management and marketing terms
  2. and will have hands-on experience in product\service planning, producing, marketing and selling, business modeling and business planning of a small or medium enterprise, under the local geographic, statutory, cultural, socio-economic, vocational and supply and demand conditions.
  3. They will also become acquainted with the YABT and MASHAV tools, created within the four focus areas (Leadership and Networking, Training and Experiences, Strategic Alliances and Technological Resources) and with Israeli models for supporting entrepreneurs.
  1. Trainers who will participate in the Business Lab will experience and learn the methodology so that the program may be replicated. They will also acquire familiarization with setting up and production of the "Business Lab".

This workshop provides trainers and young entrepreneurs with guidance for the development of agribusiness enterprises, that can later continue receiving support through the Second Edition of the Caribbean Innovation Challenge (CIC), which will be launched later this year.

The CIC is part of the Entrepreneurship Component of the UNDP project Youth Innovation (Youth-IN): A Caribbean Network for Youth Development, which responds to the needs of youth identified in the report of the CARICOM Youth Commission (2010): 'Eye on the Future: Investing in YOUTH NOW for Tomorrow's Community. 

As part of the process of the Caribbean Innovation Challenge (CIC), the Business Labs help young entrepreneurs in the region to formulate their business proposals.

hobby part 1

I recent attended a workshop where I got to meet the value-added end to sweet potatoes and cassava. Yes, the agroprocessors those persons who see the business end of farming.

Yes, some might want to take me to task for that statement but it is true our farmers do not see themselves as business persons and this is hurting the sector more than I can say. 

From the production stage to the post harvesting stage our farmers do not take it on themselves to view what they do as a profit making venture and not one of a hobby.

These are some of the hobbies I have experience while travelling through the islands. 

I believe that although they were hobbies for the owners of these businesses they are now huge businesses that generate economic development in these countries.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Mama's Baking
I am the last person that you would find in the kitchen. So I am not the worse for tear in that side of domestication. Burning water is my specialty, never thought it possible until I actually experienced it personally.

Last weekend my mom continued her usual weekend routine, cleaning the house to a sparkle and baking bread and the cakes to a crisp brown. Somethings I wonder why I hadn't inherit that side of her.

Before the cakes were cooled, I made sure that 2 hot slices belonged on my plate. Yes I was quick and greedy, you would be too, the previous weekend saw cakes and bread disappearing without even a bite from me. So I was upfront and proud.

Mom with her continued ingenuity, uses an old stove as her bakery. With all but a minor air vent, charcoals and gasoline as her source. Baking time is less and the result are oh oh so Magnifico...