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Academic Data Institution Grade Beginning Ending The Open University, United Kingdom (UK) Post Graduate Diploma – Environmental Decision Making 1998 - 2000 The University of The West Indies, Trinidad MSc Agricultural and Rural Development 1994 - 1997 The University of The West Indies, Trinidad BSc Agriculture (Upper Second Class Honours) 1985 - 1989 Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture & Forestry, Trinidad Diploma in Agriculture 1981 - 1983 Non-Formal Training 2014 – Short Course on Family Farming- Puebla, Mexico 2005 – Short training Course on Tesco’s Nature Choice Growing Standards - National Britannia, United Kingdom 2003 – Short course on Responsible Agronomy – University of Lancaster, United Kingdom 2003 – Training in HACCP – St Lucia Bureau of Standards 2002 – Short Training in Food Quality and Impact on Producers and Customers – Leatherhead Food International, United Kingdom Work Experience Duty Station Position Beginning End IICA National Specialist- Grenada 2014 N/A Duties and Achievements Currently manages the administrative and technical activities in the IICA Grenada Office. Winfresh – 2009 - 2013 - Grenada Duties and Responsibilities Project Manager Successfully managed the transformation of a multi-million dollar fruit processing plant at La Sagesse, Grenada to the stage of pulping fresh fruits for local and export markets. WIBDECO (WI) Grenada, St Vincent, St Lucia and Dominica; 2005 – 2009. Duties and Responsibility Technical Manager In collaboration with the WIBDECO staff and the Ministries of Agriculture in the Windwards, managed the implementation of the agricultural diversification programme in the Windward Islands. Organised and trained farmers in the production and quality aspects of fruits and root crops for the United Kingdom market. WIBDECO, Southampton, United Kingdom; 2000 – 2004. Duties and Responsibilities Technical Manager In collaboration with the UK Supermarkets, developed and managed bespoke packaging that maintained the quality of the Windwards bananas supplied to them. Assessed and implemented standards for banana pack houses in the UK in-keeping with food safety standards and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) standards. WIBDECO, Southampton, United Kingdom; 1995 – 2000. Duties and Responsibilities Quality Manager: Developed and managed a quality based payments system using the Quality Consistency Approach which was used by WIBDECO UK as a tool for rewarding good performing banana farmers from the exporting countries. WINBAN Research and Development, St Lucia; 1990 - 1995. Duties and Responsibilities Fruit Quality Officer Managed a banana quality driven systems (Quality Assurance and Quality Determination) that improved the quality of bananas exported from the Windward Islands to the United Kingdom. The Grenada Banana Co-operative Society (GBCS), 1990. Duties and Responsibilities Chief Extension Officer Managed the extension division of the Grenada Banana Cooperative So Derek Charles is currently the National Specialist at the IICA Office in Grenada. He holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Rural Development from The University of the West Indies. He has a number of years experience working with small farmers; developing their production, post-harvest handling and marketing. He also has ten years experience working closely with the major Supermarkets in the United Kingdom in the areas of quality control and technical development of bananas from the Windward Islands.

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