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Renewable Energy Workshop August 27th – 28th 2012


The University of the West Indies is collaborating with the University of South Pacific, Fiji; the University of Mauritius, Mauritius; and the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany on the Small Developing Island Renewable Energy Knowledge and Technology Transfer Network (DIREKT) Project to build Renewable Energy capacity in Small Developing Island States.

As part of this effort, the University of the West Indies is providing a three-day training workshop Renewable Energy Options for the Agricultural Sector with a  Focus on Women Farmers.

The Renewable Energy sector offers great potential for local economic development in the Caribbean region. It can provide a wide range of local job opportunities and reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports, particularly since the region has an abundance of Renewable Energy resources which can support Solar Thermal, Photovoltaic and Wind Energy Systems.

Workshop Overview

This workshop is focused on Green technologies, their Science and role in modernization of Agriculture and farming management techniques. It is hoped that this training will enhance the knowledge base of the farming community and will introduce a new insight into possibilities/techniques that can be adopted in the day-to-day execution of their tasks. This will also encourage the efficient use of available resources, thereby increasing the overall efficiency of the farm operations, leading to increased food production and hence reduced importation, with a net gain in export earnings resulting in self-sufficiency and sustainability in the Barbados Agriculture sector.

The main objective of this Workshop is to provide participants with an awareness and knowledge of the Renewable Energy Options for the Agriculture Sector with a special focus on Women Farmers.

Participants will be exposed to the theoretical and business aspects of Renewable Energy Technologies as applied to the Agriculture Sector and will have the opportunity to visit two Agricultural Farms, as well as Caribbean LED Lighting.

Who should attend

This workshop should be of interest to a wide range of personnel but would specially appeal to persons directly affiliated with the Agricultural Sector in Barbados.

In particular, the targeted audience for this workshop should comprise:

· Farmers across Barbados

· Professionals working in the Agricultural Sector.

· Personnel from the Barbados Agricultural Society.

Some background in Science and/or Agriculture would be useful.


The Small Developing Island Renewable Energy Knowledge and Technology Transfer Network (DIREKT) projectis a cooperation scheme involving universities from Germany and several ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) small island developing states, specifically Fiji, Mauritius and the Commonwealth Caribbean.

The aim of the project is to strengthen science and technology capacity in the field of renewable energy by means of technology transfer, information exchange and networking.

The project is funded by the ACP Science and Technology Programme, an EU programme for cooperation between the European Union and the ACP region.

For further information on the project, please visit the project website


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