The Caribbean AgriBusiness Association (CABA) represents the Caribbean Region’s first agricultural association. It was officially established in May 1998.
CABA was founded as an integrated and vital agricultural mechanism to provide a collective negotiating voice for the agribusiness sub-sector and further stimulate agribusiness growth and trade in the Region.
CABA is dedicated to promoting a common agribusiness interest through concentrated and consolidated action, and to be an effective advocate of agribusiness interest before governments in the Region
- To coordinate the efforts of agribusiness throughout the Region for the purpose of promoting a common interest through collective action so as to ensure the sustainability of the sector.
- To promote and advance the social and economic conditions of those engaged in agricultural pursuits.
- To assist in the formulation and promotion of regional agricultural policies to meet changing national and international economic conditions.
- To promote and maintain critical linkages between the agribusiness sector and other sectors, including banking, transportation and tourism.
- To actively provide relevant trade and market information to assist the region’s agribusiness in negotiations and trade.
- To displace 5 % (estimated 35000 tonnes per annum, US$9 M, 3500 acres) of CARICOM imported staples with CARICOM produced staples.
- To displace 5% (estimated 1500 tonnes per annum, US$ 2M, 750 acres) of CARICOM imports of selected legumes with similar fresh CARICOM produced legumes.
- Increase regionally produced fruit supplies to CARICOM market by 20,000 tonnes (2000 acres, US$ 22 M) per annum.
- Increase regionally produced aqua-culture produced fish and shrimp supplies to the CARICOM market by 10,000 tonnes per annum (US$ 15M).
- Displace 50% of imported onions.
- Increase the combined per capita consumption of pumpkin, eggplant and spinach by 2 lbs (14000 tonnes, 1400 acres) US$ 12 M.
- Supply at least 30,000 tonnes (3000 acres) per annum of a variety of Caribbean Staples to selected high end market segments in North America and Europe.
- Supply at least 20,000 tonnes (2000 acres) of fruit products to selected market segments in North America and Europe.
- Establish a CARICOM Cultural Restaurant Franchise in the European and North American Market based on CARICOM food products and culture.
- Establish Flavour Islands as a leading Caribbean food brand.