The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has committed to train 25 Saint Lucian women in sustainable mushroom production.
The project, “Where Women Bloom: Supporting sustainable livelihoods for women through capacity building and inclusivity in the mushroom industry”, is a collaboration among the Taiwanese Embassy in Saint Lucia, Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) in Saint Lucia, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and the local mushroom collective.
The women, who are between 18 and 65 years old, will be selected from rural communities across Saint Lucia by the project team and partners from the Taiwan Technical Mission through an application process.
Applicants will need to provide a brief video testimonial and a brief bio via an application form. This will be followed by site visits to confirm the selected participants and evaluate the specific set-up requirements for a small, scalable mushroom farm.
Training will focus on scaling up the mushroom units and guiding participants through selection of suitable species for production based on location and environment, good agricultural practices, quality management, packaging, marketing, and specifying a business roadmap for sustainable growth.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the project was signed by Mr. Daniel Yi-Long Lee, Head of...