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UWI to host inaugural international conference on the commercialization of Breadfruit

For Release Upon Receipt - February 13, 2015

St. Augustine

The Faculty of Food and Agriculture at The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine will host the 2015 International Breadfruit Conference under the theme "Commercialising breadfruit for food and nutrition security." The conference is aimed at realising the potential of breadfruit to contribute to food and nutrition security through promoting entrepreneurial efforts and development of industries. It will take place at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain from July 5 – 10, 2015.

 The event objectives include providing an international forum for sharing information on entrepreneurial, research and development activities that support increased utilization of breadfruit and breadnut for food and nutrition security.

Interested persons are invited to contribute papers to the International Breadfruit Conference 2015.  Abstracts of oral or poster presentations are now being accepted on the thematic areas. The abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should be submitted online via the conference website at with the registration form.

Please note the following important deadlines:

·         Abstract submission: March 31, 2015

·         Early-bird registration deadline: March 31, 2015

·         Abstract acceptance notification: April 18, 2015

·         Paper submission deadline: June 1, 2015

·         Booking reservation at Hyatt deadline: June 18, 2015

This conference is aims to attract the participation of Policy makers, Health-related professionals, Researchers, Growers/ producers, Food processors, Traders, Extension agents, Business enterprises/entrepreneurs, NGOs and community groups, Consumers, Tertiary-level students and any other interested persons. Early bird registration is currently priced at US$300 and includes full conference participation, registration materials, coffee breaks, opening ceremony and welcome reception and conference proceedings.

For further information, please contact the Secretary, Organising Committee, Dr. Michelle John at or at 1-868-662-2002 Ext. 82226.



About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)