Our second Stakeholder Workshop was held on Wednesday 10th July 2019 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in Kingston Jamaica, with the day before and after focused on smaller meetings of the investigators and research team.
We welcomed back critical stakeholders from the Ministry of Health, Jamaica, the Pan American Health Organization, the Healthy Caribbean Coalition and many more key stakeholders across sectors in Jamaica and elsewhere in the Caribbean, and shared the health and history data gathered since the first workshop in June 2018. We jointly interpreted our data, thought through next steps, follow up projects and opportunities for collaboration.
We also particularly welcomed our collaborators from the State University of Haiti – Dr Predner Duvivier and Dr Marilise Neptune Rouzier – to plan for taking our Caribbean Foodscapes research agenda to Haiti to understand the evolution of food environments and practices in Port au Prince. Dr Duvivier joins our partnership with is extensive expertise in horticulture, food science and urban gardening in low income settings; Dr Rouzier is a writer, biologist and ethnobotanist whose work on medicinal plants links food, gardens, traditional knowledge and health.