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Enhancing the Viability and Competitiveness of the Caribbean Sugar Industry (C 2008)

The broad objective of the project is to enhance the viability and competitiveness of sugar industries in the Caribbean through a comprehensive field development programme which runs as a complementary activity to other development activities including a factory development programme. The project enhances the competitiveness of the regional sugar industries by way of an increase in income to farmers (especially smallholders) through the use of improved varieties, improved agronomic practices and cost reduction strategies. Project components include: (a) establishment of a nursery for improved varieties of seed cane; (b) farmer participatory evaluation of improved cane varieties; (c) farmer participatory training in improved agronomic practices; (d) pilot testing of a pivot centre irrigation system; (e) applied research and development into factors affecting yield decline; (f) financial and economic evaluation of optimum farm modules for viability; and (g) dissemination of project results. In addition to these activities, the CFC project was instrumental in generating synergies with EC in the Caribbean sugar sector. The project was recently completed.