This course was developed in response to four (4) key objectives of the food and agriculture sector in the Caribbean; a region consisting mainly of Small Island Developing States. These objectives, which provide the framework for this syllabus, are to achieve the goal of food and nutrition security; adopt sustainable agricultural approaches that are responsive to an uncertain physical and economic environment; contribute to economic diversification through transformation of communities and
improvement of livelihoods; and ensure that the human resource capacity available to the sector is adequate in quantity and quality.
This course aims to:
- develop knowledge and understanding of the importance of agriculture as it relates to food and nutrition security and the economies of the territories of the Caribbean Region;
- provide knowledge of the dynamic nature of agricultural production, post-production and marketing in a complex national, regional and international market;
- develop an appreciation of the importance of sustainable agriculture for the preservation of the environment;
- develop an appreciation of the importance of agriculture in providing multiple pathways to employment and further education;
- develop scientific and technical competencies, and transferable skills such as critical thinking, innovativeness, team work, problem solving, communication, and other life skills;
- foster dispositions such as concern for others, ethical conduct, stewardship of resources, and a keen interest in participation in national, regional and international affairs;
- develop competencies in the application of appropriate modern technologies.