Grenada has being chosen to be the featured country project in the Caribbean to be showcased to the world at the upcoming conference of Small Island Developing States in Samoa.
This announcement to Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell came from the senior representatives from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) during a meeting earlier in the week.
“To feature Grenada, a film crew will visit the country to capture the real life stories of rural people in communities engaged in the MAREP programme. The story will also feature the innovation of Pure Grenada — Isle of Spice and how this destination brand offers promise for market access to small-scale producers that can be supported by MAREP,” said a news release from the Government Information Service. The project is focused on helping rural producers overcome key development barriers so they can raise themselves out of poverty and develop in a socially and environmentally responsible way.
Expressing satisfaction with the current state of MAREP, IFAD’s Country Programme Manager, Paolo Silveri told the Prime Minister that since his June 2013 visit the government has managed to make a difference. Mr. Silveri commended the Prime Minister for the quality of people who have been recruited to the programme and for the transparency of the recruitment process.
The Prime Minister said MAREP’s achievements were a reflection of the strong commitment of the Government to ensure that its work reaches and impacts the lives of people at the community level, because it is essential that ‘good governance’ always includes lifting the lives of people on the ground.