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CROSQ & PTB Host 2nd CALIDENA Workshop

The Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards (ABBS) in collaboration with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) and the International Cooperation of the German Metrology Institute -Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) hosted the 2nd CALIDENA methodology workshop on 11 – 13 February, 2014 in Antigua & Barbuda. The goal of the CALIDENA Methodology is to strengthen the Quality Infrastructure (QI) services that are needed to support a specific value chain. The workshop’s objectives were to:

  • Undertake a rapid participatory diagnosis of quality requirements needs for the Jams and Jellies Sector against the current supply of quality infrastructure services being provided in support of the Sector.
  • Identification of bottlenecks and opportunities to strengthen local supply of QI services in a demand oriented way
  • Elaborate and agree an action plan to upgrade the QI services for the Jams and Jellies Sector.

Participants were selected from across the Jams and Jellies sector; these included the Christian Valley Agricultural Division, Central Marketing Corporation, distributors of the finished product, and small farmers. Several Agro-processors, who are the producers of the jams and jellies, were also in attendance. Feedback from these groups was essential in identifying concerns and needs within the sector.

Support institutions to the value chain such as ABBS, Analytical Services Division, IICA and CROSQ also participated fully in elaborating the Action Plan.


What How Who When
Sanitary and quality management at company level Adapt HACCPRequest Training to the ABBS Owner/operation manager or supervisor Within 12 months
Upgrading the capabilities of the lab to support the sector
  • Conduct feasibility study on upgrading lab capabilities
  • Building capacity of lab personnel
  • Based on feasibility results procure and commission relevant equipment

  • Consultant/CROSQ/PTB
  • Government of Antigua and Barbuda

  • April 2014
  • May 2014
  • July/August 2014
Request for a National standard for jams and jellies Processors make formal request to the ABBS The president of the agro-processors association Within 1 week
Technical regulation for labeling Technical regulation to be finalized – gazette notice with implementation date ABBS and Legal Affairs To be determined 
Guide for good agriculture practices for fruits (harvesting and post harvesting handling)
  • Establish Technical working Group
  • National Consultation on drafts
  • Declaration of Guide
  • ABBS

  • April 2014
  • Sept 2014 to Sept 2015
  • December 2015
Training in specific standards Select standards and design workshop format ABBS and Support Organizations (CROSQ/IICA) Within 3 months
Information material about results (poster broachers) Promotional material, media, workshops Action plan committee Within 2 months

To implement and monitor the Action Plan developed, the CALIDENA Implementation Committee of Antigua & Barbuda was formed. The members of this Committee are:

  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Analytical Services Division
  • Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority
  • IICA
  • Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards
  • Antigua and Barbuda Agro processors Association
  • Industry and Commerce

Participants agreed they gained important information with respect to Quality Infrastructure and a better understanding of each other’s role and expectations within the Value Chain.

For further information with respect to the workshop or the CALIDENA Methodology, please contact us by email at crosq.caricom@crosq.org.