Project Name: AIMS - Promoting Agriculturally Important Microorganisms to Address the Challenges in Food Safety and Food Security in the Caribbean

Team Leader: Dr. Saravanakumar Duraisamy

Eco-Friendly Approaches for the Management of Plant Diseases Workshop

aims logoThe UWI-TT RDI Fund sponsored AIMS project presents a two-day workshop on The Eco-Friendly Approaches for the Management of Vegetable Diseases, facilitated by the Department of Food Production, Faculty of Food and Agriculture.

The workshop takes place on April 25 and 26, 2018 from 9am to 5pm at Sir Frank Stockdale Building, Lecture Theatre B.

The deadline for registration is April 20, 2018 before 5pm. Participants will be selected on a first come, first serve basis.

About the Workshop

The workshop will present innovative techniques and practices in the eco-friendly management of major diseases in vegetable crops, mainly emphasizing on the alternatives to highly hazardous pesticides.

To register, please call 662-2002 ext. 82078 or email To view a printable flyer, please click here.

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Project Name: ADOPT - Technological Solutions for Improved Agro-environment and Sustainability of Agricultual Development

Team Leader: Dr. Wendy-Ann Isaac

First Annual ADOPT Symposium on Climate Smart Technology


adopt logoThe Faculty of Food and Agriculture through the UWI Trinidad and Tobago Research and Development Impact (RDI) Fund ADOPT project will be hosting its first annual ADOPT Symposium on Climate Smart Technology. The theme of this year’s symposium is, “The Soilless Solution to Food Insecurity”, and it will be held onFriday 27th April, 2018 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Sir Frank Stockdale Building, UWI, St Augustine.

About the Symposium

The objective of the symposium will be to discuss, discover and network with industry peers and vendors to make their business more sustainable. The symposium will comprise of stakeholder presentations on five main areas:

  • Success and challenges in the soilless industry
  • Local Innovations in hydroponics and aquaponics
  • Containerized farming
  • Trends in the retail market
  • Demand driven standards for fresh produce

There will also be a panel discussion where stakeholders will engage industry experts to identify the major gaps in the industry and provide insights of the value chain leaders. Using the findings of the panel discussion a strategic plan will be developed among the industry experts, leaders with marketing and business experience, young innovative thinkers and experienced rural professionals.

This forum will enable us to identify opportunities and mitigate challenges to create viable solutions towards adressing the greater problem of food insecurity.


For more information, please email or call 313-6023 or 305-5498.

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Project Name: Work/Life Balance & Ageing in Trinidad: Studying the Productivity and well being of Working Men and Women

Team Leader: Prof. Patricia Mohammed

Work/ Life Balance and Ageing Conference

work life balance logoThe Research and Development Impact (RDI) Fund and other stakeholders present the Work/Life Balance and Ageing Conference under the theme, Connecting the Dots: Work.Life.Balance.Ageing where they will showcase the project’s findings as well as provide recommendations for our national ageing policy.

The conference takes place April 26 to 27, 2018 at the Teaching and Learning Complex (TLC).

Pre-registration is open until April 20, 2018. To register, please complete the Registration Form here.

Registration Rates

Individual | $420
Day pass | $200
Students | $100
Display table | $1,000 

About the Conference

This conference is the culmination of the three year RDI project, “Work/Life Balance and ageing in Trinidad: studying the productivity and wellbeing of working men and women”. The Conference will bring together project partners including Trinidad and Tobago Association of Retired Persons (TTARP), United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America, and the Caribbean (UNECLAC), International Labour Organization, Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean (ILO/DWT), Women Working for Social Progress (Working Women) with policy makers, public sector officials, corporate sector representatives, caregivers, civil society, regional and international scholars in the field of ageing, and members of the public. The purpose is to inform a wide audience of the project findings, as well as discuss them as recommendations to a way forward for national ageing policy.

For more information, please email or call 662-2002 ext. 85282.

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Past Events

World Cocoa and Chocolate Day

World Cocoa and Chocolate Day celebrated a two day "open-to-public" expo on September 30th, 2016 and on October 1st, 2016 at the JFK Auditorium. This was the fifth annual celebration of cocoa and chocolate hosted by theCocoa Research Centre which showcased the collaborated efforts from farmer groups, chocolatiers, manufactureres of soap and cosmetics and governmental organizations to name a few. For more information on the event, please click HERE


Two day training on Plant Disease Diagnosis

The two day training on Plant Disease Diagnosis was conducted in the Department of Food Production, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine from 13 to 14th July, 2016 to Agricultural Extension Officers of Trinidad and more


ADOPT Nationals Secondary Schools Competition

The Faculty of Food and Agriculture in partnership with REPSOL recently ended its first annual ADOPT (Agriculture Demonstration of Practices and Technologies) Secondary School more


The UWI RDI Fund “At Risk Youth Project” targets Youth Crime and Violence in Schools

On April 11, 2013, The T & T Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Dr. Sandra Celestine of the UWI hosted a Press Conference revealing Dr. Celestine’s UWI- RDI Fund more


RDI Fund researcher makes inroads in environment & community health

On March 14, 2013, The University of the West Indies researcher, Dr. Denise Beckles and a team from the Department of Chemistry, led a public forum at the Cemetery Street, Heights of more


Towards the re-development of Competitive Citrus Industry in Trinidad and Tobago

On 11 December 2012, RDI Fund Project Team Leader, Dr. Govind Seepersad hosted a Citrus Workshop at the Rudranath Capildeo Centre, Mc Bean more

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