The Institute of Caribbean Studies will amplify the attention of youth in agriculture by launching its IGNITE CARIBEAN initiative intended to provide a forum for youth leadership development, with the first IGNITE CARIBBEAN: FARM THE FUTURE – A Youth Forum on the Future of Agriculture.
The IGNITE CARIBBEAN: FARM THE FUTURE Youth Forum is a main attraction of the INVEST CARIBBEAN 2015, the 17th Annual Investment in the Caribbean Forum which brings together academics, business leaders, NGOs,and policymakers to exchange information on challenges and opportunities impacting the prospects for sustainable investing in agribusiness in the Caribbean. This year’s two-day forum places focus on “Leveraging Natural Resources Capital: Opportunities and Challenges in Optimizing the Value Chain of the Agriculture and Extractive Industries.”
Gina Hargitay, who has been named Brand Ambassador for the Ignite Caribbean initiative will bring her message on Youth Solidarity for Development. Gina also serves as the UNAIDS Youth Envoy for Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Among the youth promoters expected to participate are: Rachel Boyce, Inter-American Development Bank; Ashley Valle, Pan-American Development Foundation; and Ana Maria Torres. Young Americas Business Trust. Representing the Caribbean, will be among others: Tracy James from the Agribusiness Club of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, through a partnership with IICA. Representing the US will be among others: Samora Christian, from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, through a partnership with Rebuild Dominica.