By Kim Nicol
Toward its goal to make the Harvest the Future International Symposium the most innovative forum on small-scale agriculture, INMED has added new speakers and panelists to the schedule. The new speakers include an array of specialists who will shed light on and generate discussion about food security, climate change, and innovations for small-scale production. Topics range from harvesting and farming meteorology to financial solutions for small-scale farming. Newly confirmed speakers include:
- Luther Buchanan, Jamaica Deputy Minister of Agriculture
- Mario Kerby, Chemonics
- Leslie Simpson, Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute
- Michael Taylor, University of the West Indies
- Neil Curtis, Farm Up Jamaica
- Jozimo Santos Rocha, Adventist Development and Relief Agency
- Sydney Henry, Sandals Foundation
- Practitioners from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Meddle East
The new speakers will join previously announced speakers Denise Herbol, Mission Director of USAID Jamaica, Chris Somerville of FAO, Wayne Beecher and Therese Turner-Jones of the Inter-American Development Bank, and Thad Jackson of INMED. The symposium also features an off-site tour, which will allows attendees to visit and experience successful commercial-scale aquaponic systems currently operating in Jamaica.
The Harvest the Future International Symposium will take place June 14-17 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. For more information, or to see the full schedule, visit: www.harvestthefuture.org.