CTA is a joint ACP-EU institution active in agricultural and rural development in ACP countries. This information is extremely interesting to a Dominican Agriculturalist.

Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management. It does this by providing access to information and knowledge, facilitating policy dialogue and strengthening the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities in ACP countries.

CTA publishes and co-publishes printed, electronic and/or multimedia information products on various aspects of agriculture and rural development (including CTA bi-monthly magazine Spore/Esporo).

I discovered them years ago when reading The Spore at the Roseau Library

Check out their catalogue of publications.


Cacao is an old tyme food in Dominica. But for the first time since I moved to Dominica there was not enough cacao to last the year.

I and my friends checked their secret spots – the small village stores where cacao has never run out before – to no avail.

I need cacao year round and a lot of people living in Dominica agree with me therefore even local market needs are not being met.

Check out the booklet on producing cacao below. Free publication from CTA publishing who offer lots of free booklets on agriculture online. This booklet even describes ways to recycle the waste from processing

Cocoa Production and Processing

Drinking or eating minimally processed cacao is good for the health. Check out the science based article on Cacao Super Food; Super Nutrition


not Dominica – soon come :)!

Natural fibers taking over industrial production while healing soil and providing healthy food and sustainable energy through biomass waste!


“You must be the change you want to be in the world” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

A University in Malaysia has found a way to create biodegradeable plastic with agricultural waste! Nuff raspact to a University dedicated to this kind of program!

How wonderful to see the new ideas forth coming from the universities of the world.

I am not sure we need plastic and I would like to see the environmental impacts of making this plastic in large quantities.  Studies would need to be done to see if this plastic leeches into what it contains too. We do not want another BPA disaster.

There is hope for a sustainable ecologically aware future!