CDB-backed sweet potato project targeting food safety concerns

Caribbean Community member countries (CARICOM) are looking for ways to build on existing initiatives to realize an improvement in their food safety status even collectively, they share a food import bill believed to be in the vicinity approximately US $ 5 billion at this time.

Last week the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) unveiled a new project aimed at improving food security and agricultural productivity by improving the production, processing and marketing of sweet potatoes in the region.

The CDB is supporting the initiative with a US $ 600,000 grant to the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Foundation (CARDI) to fund the research and capacity building initiative. CARDI itself provides match funding for a project, and its overall cost is estimated at US $ 810,000.