Tour Helps Chefs Source Local Foods

first_imgTours of some of Nova Scotia’s top food producers will help 20 chefs have a better idea of the quality, fresh products they offer. The chefs will spend a day exploring farms and facilities on the Get Close to Your Food tours, Oct. 19 and 26. The chefs will learn first-hand about the local, flavour-packed products they can use in their dishes. “It is important for chefs to be familiar with the ingredients available to them and to appreciate the unique and quality products that are produced here in Nova Scotia,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “By using local products, chefs can offer their customers flavourable meals while supporting a sustainable food system.” In conjunction with the tour, the departments of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture have produced a new publication. Local and Direct — A Chef’s Guide to Buying Local will help chefs get in touch with local producers and become familiar with the seasonal availability of local ingredients. The tour will take chefs to farms and facilities of companies in the guide. “Local products are the freshest choice, and they deliver amazing flavour,” said Michael Howell, owner of Tempest Restaurant in Wolfville. “Nova Scotia has such a diverse food industry of farmers, fishermen and producers selling meats, dairy, product, seafood and beverages.”last_img read more

Director General of STATIN says NSOs Must Submit Data Timely

Director General of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Carol Coy, is encouraging National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in the Caribbean region to be more technical and timely in their reporting of data, which contribute greatly to the advancement of the region. Story Highlights “If NSOs are to remain relevant in today’s complex data environment, we must transform the organisations we lead, become more efficient in our operations and be more responsive to changes in data needs,” Ms. Coy said. Director General of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Carol Coy, is encouraging National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in the Caribbean region to be more technical and timely in their reporting of data, which contribute greatly to the advancement of the region.Speaking at the closing ceremony for a Caribbean Leadership Training Session on Friday (July 5) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Ms. Coy said NSOs must facilitate innovation, embrace new technologies and use them to their advantage.“If NSOs are to remain relevant in today’s complex data environment, we must transform the organisations we lead, become more efficient in our operations and be more responsive to changes in data needs,” Ms. Coy said.“We will have to leave our comfort zones as statisticians and become advocates and communicators for our cause. Open communication from leaders and the ability to communicate data are essential factors to keep the NSOs relevant. It provides the opportunity for us to be more transparent, a critical factor to gain users’ trust in the data we produce,” she added.The Director General pointed out that there is a growing demand for more statistics from NSOs.“This demand has increased significantly with the need to provide data for monitoring the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda,” she said.The Caribbean Leadership Training Session was funded by the Government of Canada and facilitated by the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD), in partnership with the Caribbean Leadership Project (CLP).The Government of Canada has been funding a number of statistical capacity-building initiatives in the Caribbean through the Project for the Regional Advancement of Statistics in the Caribbean (PRASC).The Caribbean Leadership Training Session, which took place between July 2 and 5, focused on providing current and future leaders of regional NSOs with the requisite skills to enhance their capacity to demonstrate principled leadership.NSO leaders from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago participated in the Training Session. Speaking at the closing ceremony for a Caribbean Leadership Training Session on Friday (July 5) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Ms. Coy said NSOs must facilitate innovation, embrace new technologies and use them to their advantage. read more