05 Oct - 07 Oct, 2021
09:00:00 - 11:00 am

This summit will explore opportunities for agricultural technology companies in the Caribbean. The region’s agricultural industry is bolstering productivity, decreasing costs and mitigating the effects of climate change by adopting powered eq uipment and advanced technologies. This is a key part of the association’s broader plan to empower and increase the wealth of its farming communities, and a major platform in attracting international businesses.

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Day 1 – October 5

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Deodat Maharaj, Executive Director, Caribbean Export Development Agency
  • Her Excellency Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, Head of Delegation, The Delegation of the European Union to Barbados, Eastern Caribbean Countries, OECS, CARICOM/CARIFORUM
  • Keynote Address: His Excellency, Irfaan Ali, President of Guyana

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Expanding Agribusiness in the Caribbean through AgTech

  • Ms. Annette Mark, President, Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA)
  • Mr. Vassel Stewart, President, Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA)
  • Mr Jeremy Knops, General Delegate, COLEACP

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Why the Caribbean for high-tech agriculture investment

  • Trends in the AgTech industry in 2021 and beyond – The case of Holland, Dubai, Israel
  • The value proposition of the Caribbean
  • A Caribbean AgTech success story

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Country presentation – Jamaica

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Country presentation – Turks & Caicos Islands

Day 2 – October 6

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM | A review of investment opportunities in key market segments

Moderator: Mr. Vassel Stewart, President, Caribbean Agribusiness Association


  • Root crops and other staples
    • Ms. Vermaran Extavour, Regional Project Coordinator, FAO
  • Agroprocessing and the fruit (including orchard crops) and vegetables industry
    • Mr. Dunstan Demille, Perishables Manager, Massy Group
  • The honey industry
    • Mr. Aubrey Roberts, Secretary, the Guyana Apicultural Society (TBC)
  • Meat and fish products industries
    • Mr. Milton Haughton, Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) (TBC)
    • Mr. Keith Amiel, Manager Corporate Affairs at CB Group (TBC)
  • Medicinal herbs
    • Dr. Simpson Dasilva, Executive Director, 1 Million Right To Household Food And Nutrition Security Ambassadors

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Country presentation – Belize

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Country presentation – St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Day 3 – October 7

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Roundtable – The Future of AgTech in the Caribbean

Moderator: Ms. Diane Edwards, President, JAMPRO


  • Mr. Roel Messie, Chief Executive Officer, IDH Farmfit
  • Mr. Ralph Birkoff, Chief Commercial Officer, Island Growers Caribbean
  • Mr. John Hartnett, CEO & Founder THRIVE by SVG Bentures (TBC)
  • Mr. Mark Reynier – Cane Co. and Renegade Rum Distillery (TBC)
  • Dr. Lynda Wickham Department of Food Production Faculty of Science and Agriculture, UWI (TBC))

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Caribbean AgTech Investment Opportunities

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