Dr. Joseph Edsel Edmunds of St Lucia has been appointed Director of the Agricultural Sector Relations of the Caribbean Agricultural Network (CAN) based in the United States by the President of the Network, prominent Dominican lawyer and Caribbean development advocate Gabriel Christian.
The appointment letter states that “This position grants you the mandate to do all things reasonable and necessary to link our organization to government and non-government entities for the purpose of promoting Caribbean agriculture. We believe that your stature and experience can go a long way in advancing our regional interest and that of our affiliates in Africa, the Americas, and further a field”
Dr, Edmunds has served as a consultant to various international agencies in the South Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and is a world renowned Nematologist.
The nematode Longidorus edmunsi was named in his honor by a British Nematologist in recognition of this contributions to this field of science. He is a former Senior Research Fellow of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus, and Director of Research and Development of the Windward Islands Banana Industry.
The Agricultural Network, a non-governmental organization, was launched on April 16 in Washington, DC with established links with African, Latin American and Caribbean scientists and members of agro industries which have been successful in generating economic agricultural enterprises in developed and developing countries.
For example, the network is working together with the farming community and Government of Dominica in the resuscitating of the coco industry of the island and the production of world class chocolate for international trade. This has been achieved through partnership with SPAEnVOLA premium chocolate makers in Maryland.
In general, the network is directed at fostering linkages with the Caribbean farming community and Governments, contributing to capacity building and sustainable farming technologies, and at transforming the Caribbean agriculture sector through collaborative development enterprises.
A wide variety of Caribbean agricultural products are already being shipped to the United States through the instrumentally of the network. One of the global partners is Caribbean Cargo DC providing reliable air and ocean cargo transportation services to and from Washington DC, Virginia and Baltimore.
Linkages are being established with the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN), the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) and other international organizations, universities and agricultural institutions in the United States, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.