Barbadian Michael James to participate in U.S. Government-Sponsored Professional Exchange
Barbadian Michael James will go to the United States this month on a professional exchange on invasive species management and eradication sponsored by the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.
Mr. James is a senior agriculture officer in charge of plant pathology, plant protection, and epidemiology in the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Through the U.S. Embassy’s partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, he will participate in a three-day, professional exchange to observe and exchange best practices on the management and eradication efforts of the giant African land snail in Broward County, Florida.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Embassy partnered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to promote awareness in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. In April, the Embassy hosted a four-day program in Barbados and St. Lucia with American entomologist, Dr. Trevor Smith, who discussed multi-pronged approaches to the eradication of invasive species such as the giant African land snail.
Dr Smith’s workshops successfully helped the Embassy underscore its goals which include: promoting sustainable economic growth, addressing climate change, and raising awareness about key public health issues.