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SAFE SPACES Project launch

posted Jun 21, 2018, 5:27 AM by Rise St. Lucia   [ updated Jul 19, 2018, 9:40 AM ]

SAFE SPACES – the ‘quiet’ revolution

RISE (St. Lucia) Inc., in partnership with the Ciceron Development Committee and the Ciceron Community, launches its SAFE SPACES programme on Sunday 24th June 2018 at 3 pm at the Ciceron Secondary School. This project has been made possible through the kind sponsorship of the LUCELEC Foundation, SSDF, the Ministry of Education, the Castries City Council Mayors’ office, and the office of the Castries South Parliamentary representative..

The overall goal of the SAFE SPACES programme is to create a more peaceful and productive society, that is on a sustainable path of healthy community development. This goal is built on the research that shows that violence and crime is driven by inequality and poor social cohesion. Therefore, the SAFE SPACES initiative is committed towards creating community and national leadership that is networked, and focused on implementing community programmes that address inequality and build social cohesion within communities and across social classes.

 Safe spaces in every community are important for the nurturing and normal development of children, for fostering business, and for improving the quality of life. This initiative is grounded in the belief that peace building, and the creation of safe communities, is ultimately the responsibility of each community. We believe that building healthy relationships, and strengthening these relationships, creates the leverage for peace building and development. The project builds on the evidence and processes identified in the:

  1. Ecological theory of human behavior
  2. The social determinants of health
  3. Resilience theory of healthy youth development
  4. The science showing the negative impact of adverse childhood events (ACE’s) with poor health, poor life outcomes and the negative epigenetic effects that perpetuate the impact on the next generation and beyond.

 The strategy involves:

  1. Creating leadership networks.
  2. School peace building.
  3. Community peace building, mobilization and engagement
  4. Health promotion
  5. Project development and Entrepreneurship training                                                                                                       The project is a national one and will be piloted in the community of Ciceron. All media is encouraged to cover this event - the beginning of a ‘quiet’ revolution.

Help for Haiti

posted Oct 9, 2016, 7:03 AM by Rise St. Lucia   [ updated Oct 9, 2016, 7:05 AM ]

RISE joins with ESA-Caraibe to mobilize help for the children and families of Haiti after the devastation of Hurricane Matthew and beyond.

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posted Jan 30, 2016, 7:34 PM by Rise St. Lucia

RISE ST. LUCIA AND MSDEST LAUNCH THE GOOD FOOD REVOLUTION

Castries, January 27 2016; Building on its track record for transformative social interventions with potential to change the life chances of Saint Lucians, RISE (St. Lucia) Inc has launched a new initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology (MSDEST).  The Good Food Revolution was unveiled today to Hon. Emma Hippolyte, Minister of Commerce, Investment, Business Development, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, project partners and stakeholder groups. The guest of honour was H.E. Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of Saint Lucia.

The Good Food Revolution Project seeks to create a national environment that promotes healthy food consumption, which is defined by RISE St. Lucia Director Dr. Stephen King as “food free of contamination”. Thus he says, the project title is an apt descriptor of its intent to revolutionize food production by removing toxic chemicals and harmful GMOs from the Saint Lucian Food Chain, through a three pronged approach.

“The Good Food Revolution will be catalysed through policy and regulation development at the national level, at the farm level through training and access to technology and at the consumer level, through public education”.

The Good Food Revolution is a response to health trends which place chronic non-communicable diseases at the top of the list of primary cause of death in Saint Lucia. The island ranks among the highest in the world per capita for the incidence of diabetes. It is widely believed by health professionals that these trends are due in great part to the replacement from Saint Lucian diets of wholesome traditional fruits, root crops and vegetables from the local agricultural biodiversity, to highly processed imported options.

Jannel Gabriel, who leads the support team from the MSDEST further explained that the success of the project is hinged on its ability to leverage synergies with a broad range stakeholder communities leading to a multi sectoral organic production and consumption policy. She cited two key outcomes of the Good Food Revolution Project in the context of their relevance to her ministry’s sustainable development mandate. In the first instance - facilitating the growth of markets for the consumption of organic food through market and social research and public education and in the second, development capacity to produce organic through the training of farmers and extension officers   

The Project’s call to action to farmers, retailers and consumers is to “Grow, buy, consume organic”. 

The Good Food Revolution has to date received funding in part from the UNDP Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries, Co-operatives and Rural Development. The launch formed part of the two-week Nobel Laureate 2016 calendar of activities. 

St. Lucian Visionaries making waves

posted Sep 18, 2015, 9:40 AM by Rise St. Lucia   [ updated Sep 20, 2015, 9:21 AM ]

New Food Revolution project

posted Sep 15, 2015, 12:51 PM by Rise St. Lucia   [ updated Sep 23, 2015, 7:55 PM ]

RISE (St. Lucia) Inc., in partnership with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, has been awarded a grant from the UNDP Global Environment Facility (GEF), to implement a project: “Revolutionizing food production by reducing toxic chemicals and harmful GMOs in the St. Lucian food chain”. The project aims to reduce the consumption of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and to increase the use of healthy, organically grown foods by the population. While many outcomes will be accomplished, the one of focus is the significant increase in awareness of chemical pollution and alternatives to agro-chemical use. Anyone interested in being involved can contact us at <rise.saintlucia@gmail.com> 

The goals of this project will be realized through a series of targeted consultancies:
  • Organic Capacity Development and Business Planning
  • Organic Policy Development
  • Organic Value Chain Assessment and Business Plan Development    

 Interested and suitably qualified persons are hereby invited to tender their applications for consideration under the various project consultancies, guided by the following terms of reference: 

  1. Post Title:      Organic Capacity Development and Business Planning  

Description of required services

The Consultant, in collaboration with the National Farmers’ Agro-Business Development Cooperation (NFAD), the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries and Rural Development, the National Education Learning Unit (NELU) of the Ministry of Education and RISE project consultants responsible for Public Relations, Policy Development; is expected to develop and conduct a series of training workshops aimed at improving farmer knowledge of and skills in organic farming, along with command of organic agri-business. The workshops will provide business planning resources, as well as hands on farming education and information on organic certification.

 Given the time-frame for implementation of project activities, the Consultant is expected to utilize and build on existing data, knowledge and expertise available from project partners and other reliable sources.

 Key Tasks

A. Development of Training Curricula as follows: 

  1. Preparation of training materials and curricula which will include:

a)                                        Introduction to Organic Farming (definitions, stages, challenges and benefits)

b)                                        Presentation of Market research from PR consultancy

c)                                        Presentation of Crop zoning report and production plan from the Farmer capacity Assessment consultant

d)                                        Presentation on Business Model, Sales and Profitability estimates and diversification of production chain; Pricing mechanisms

  1. Step  by step process of certification
  2. Farming techniques for Storage, transportation, selecting/purchasing supplies, marketing, harvesting, post-harvest handling, packaging, labelling, pest management, nutrient enhancement (fertilising)
  3. Introduction to Organic Policy and Standards, and Food Testing Facility
  4. Develop an Organic Farming toolkit using products from GEF SGP recipients and other organic producers

B. Conduct of Training Sessions:

  1. The Consultants are expected to conduct training for 100 participants in groups of 25 over a period of one week per group
  2. Deliver Organic Farming toolkit using products from GEF SGP recipients and other organic producers
  3. Design and implement a monitoring and evaluation tool for assessing workshop success

 

Selection Criteria

All tenders for the consultancy will be evaluated based on the following:

·         Understanding of services to be performed

·         Type of approach and proposed methodologies

·         Qualifications and Experience - Familiarity with organic agriculture and farming techniques

·         Ability to work well independently and manage own time

·         Consultancy fees

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2.    Post Title:     Organic Policy Development 

Description of required services 

The consultant is expected to conduct an assessment of current policies, laws, declarations and guidelines on agricultural production, food quality and safety, food and nutritional security, dangerous goods, phyto-sanitary procedures, pesticide and herbicide applications,  import and export legislation, environmental legislation, plant and animal health and quarantine, public health and other related legislative tools. Existing organic policies – both regional and international should be included in the review to provide best practices for organic production.

The Consultants will be expected to collaborate with the RISE project consultants to inform the way forward for future relevant legislation. 

Key Tasks

A. Review existing policies and develop organic policy, bill and regulations:

  • Conduct a literature review on organic agriculture and relevant policies
  • Utilize the technical expertise of the Ministry of Agriculture and RISE St Lucia Inc. among others, to develop guidelines for compliance with international organic certification standards
  • Develop a national organic policy which builds on existing local codes, standards and certification for organic production; including the need for testing for assurance of food safety and nutritional quality
  • Survey of existing institutional structures and requirements for future structures
  • Develop National organic legislation (Bill, regulations, guidelines)
  • Liaise with the Bureau of Standards for guidance as the official national standards- setting body 

Selection Criteria

All tenders for the consultancy will be evaluated based on the following:

·         Understanding of services to be performed

·         Ability to work well independently and manage own time

·         Familiarity with (organic) agricultural processes

·         Type of approach and proposed methodologies

·         Work programs and execution schedule

·         Qualifications and Experience        

·         Consultancy fees

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3.    Post Title:     Organic Value Chain Assessment and Business Plan Development

The consultant, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, National Farmers Agro-Business Development Cooperation (NFAD) and RISE project consultants responsible for Public Relations, Policy Development and Capacity Development is expected to conduct an assessment of current organic production. This will include an identification of reliable suppliers for inputs, as well as producers of final products, challenges, strengths and opportunities for strengthening the supply and production network. The information gathered will inform the development of an Organic Agri-Business Model for replication around Saint Lucia.

Key Tasks

A. Organic Value Chain assessment:

  1. Identify farmers currently undertaking organic production
  2. Identify key products which are high value and capable of securing ideal market prices
  3. Assess major challenges and deficiencies in organic production (e.g. availability of equipment, supplies, technical skills etc.)
  4. Determine base sale price/value using costs of inputs, type of produce, cost of certification, demand for goods (as informed by PR Consultant)
  5. Suggest possible export markets
  6. Use crop zoning report to identify best organic crops by geographical area
  7. Provide recommendations for zonal crop rotation schedules
  8. Provide recommendations to policy drafter for organic production in compliance with International standards

B. Develop Organic Agri-Business Model:

1.    Develop an organic agri-business model which can be replicated on farms island wide

2.    Include projection of returns in years 1, 3 and 5

3.    Provide list of reliable organic agricultural producers and suppliers of organic inputs, local and foreign

Selection Criteria

All tenders for the consultancy will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Understanding of services to be performed
  • Ability to work well independently and manage own time
  • Familiarity with (organic) agricultural processes
  • Type of approach and proposed methodologies
  • Work programs and execution schedule
  • Qualifications and Experience        
  • Consultancy fees

The Consultant(s) will also be required to attend and contribute to organic policy related meetings and consultations.

Office temporarily closed

posted Sep 13, 2015, 6:15 PM by Rise St. Lucia

RISE has temporarily closed its office in the American Drywall Building. We can be reached by phone at: 713-9650, 484-3571 or 4843470. We are also available via Facebook, email and on the website.

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