• Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture
  • Agriculture: A priority for sustainable development in the Americas

Strengthening Producer-Buyer Relationships: Networking Platform and Strategy Meeting

Event Date: 
St. Lucia
  • Description
  • Program


Date:  June 27-28, 2016


  1. A Producer-Buyer Platform meeting was be convened in Saint Lucia from 27th -28th June
  2. Receive and examine the experiences of the MASSY initiative as the basis for extracting good practices that can be converted into practical producer-buyer facilitation approaches-strategies for replication in other countries;
  3. Confirm and validate the commodities for which market (local, regional and export) opportunities currently exist and the core requirements to be met to enable producers to take advantage of same;
  4. Refine the mechanisms of the NVCFs and BDOs supported under C3 as a practical chain facilitation, industry development approach.

Persons Attended:  

Thirty-one (31) from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica and Grenada.




DayTimeTopic - Description
Mon. 27th June8:00 – 9:00 amTo set the context for the event within the broader APP development programme [IICA, CAFAN, MASSY]
9:00 – 10:30 amSession 1: The CAFAN –APP LoA Letter of Agreement (LoA): Clarifying the Purpose, Targets, Deliverables [C3 and CAFAN]
10:30 – 11:00 amBreak (any invited persons can then leave)
11:00am– 1:00 pmSession 2: Action Planning and Prioritization: Common NVCF Methodology & Work Plan and Progress to date
1:00 – 2:00 pm LUNCH
2:15 – 3:00 pmSession 3: Completing the MSME Credit Worthiness Assessments: Initial reports and improving the process forward [Facilitated by FAST]
3:00 - 4:30pmCompleting the MSME Credit Worthiness Assessments: Practical Session using MSMEs from Saint Lucia
4:30pmBreak and End of Day 1
Tue. 28th June8:00 – 10:30 amSession 4: Strengthening Producer-Buyer Relationships
10:30 – 11:00 amBreak
11:00 – 1:00 pmWorking Groups: Good Practice Identification Exercise
1:00 – 2:00 pmLunch
2:00 – 3:00 pmPlenary – Working group presentations and discussion
3:00 – 4:30 pmTarget-setting
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