The root and tuber industry of Barbados: Current status and suggestions for the future

The most highly produced and utilised root and tuber crops (RTCs) in Barbados are sweet potatoes, yams and cassava. These staple crops are mainly consumed fresh and represent a major source of carbohydrates in the Barbadian diet. This report examines the RTC development challenges that are faced by the Barbados Agricultural Management Co. Ltd (BAMC) and Barbados on the whole, in relation to RTC production, sale, marketing, research, post-production and post-harvest technologies.

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    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of acronyms
    Acknowledgements
    Executive summary
    Introduction
    Barbados: A brief overview of the agricultural sector
    The importance of RTCs to Barbados’ food and nutrition security
    Objectives
    The current status of RTCs: Production, sales, marketing, research, training, postproduction and post-harvest technologies in Barbados
    Advances in the RTC industries of China and other countries based on good practice: Lessons learned at the WCRTC
    Bridging the gaps: Improving Barbados’ RTC industry through the adaptation of new and improved technologies
    Summary
    References
    Annex A. Root and tuber crop production in Barbados per year from 2008 to 2015 (kg)
    Annex B. 10T (techniques) for intensification of cassava
    Annex C. Photographs of small-scale mechanisation used in cassava production in China

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