Empowered women, empowered hands: Rural women in St Lucia are making the case for development through Food and Nutrition Security.
MICOUD, St. Lucia, August 4, 2017 (IICA). The Saint Lucia Network of Rural Women Producers (SLNRWP) hosted its 5th Annual General Meeting under the theme, “Rural Women Contributing to Community Development through Food and Nutrition Security”.
The meeting was attended by the leadership and members of SLNRWP’s clusters in Babonneau, Micoud and Laborie.
In her keynote address, Dr. Gale Rigobert, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations, Sustainable Development highlighted the important role that women play in the rural economy and more so through their involvement in agri-enterprise. Mr. John King, IICA Representative in the Eastern Caribbean States (ECS), emphasized the need for greater collaboration among clusters, and the focusing of efforts in those areas that have the potential to realize the greatest gains for members. These remarks were welcomed and expounded on by H.E. Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel, St. Lucia’s ambassador to Taiwan, who offered a number of practical recommendations on initiatives to improve market acceptance of SLNRWP goods and services. His address offered a number of practical recommendations on ways to improve the product offering of the Network and to target and access markets for their novelty products.
As is customary at the SLNRWP AGM, there were displays of products from each of the clusters! These included handcrafted jewelry to fine exotic soaps and intricately woven items to high quality flour. Also available was an array of local samples of fudges and cakes with mouthwatering drinks like pumpkin, breadfruit, dasheen and soursop.
Mr. John King, IICA Representative in the Eastern Caribbean States (ECS), emphasized the need for greater collaboration among clusters, and the focusing of efforts in those areas that have the potential to realize the greatest gains for members.