Profiles Of Our Shepherds


Dr. Frances Chandler is a Barbadian. She was awarded a Barbados Scholarship in 1966 and attended the University of the West Indies at St Augustine, Trinidad where she obtained a BSc. (Hons) degree in Agriculture in 1969 and a PhD. in Crop Science in 1995.

She was employed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Barbados for 10 years in the research area where she was local counterpart in the OAS Horticultural Project which was one of the most significant modern-day agricultural projects in Barbados, as it signalled the beginning of mechanized commercial vegetable production.

In 1979 Dr Chandler was the first woman to be awarded the Inter-American Agricultural Award for Young Professionals for the Antilles Zone.

From 1980 to 1997, Dr Chandler was employed as Research Agronomist with the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute where she was Head of the Barbados Unit from 1991 to 1994. Her major accomplishment here was the development of an onion industry in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

As a Board member of the Barbados Marketing Corporation in the 1980s she co-ordinated the production, packing and shipping of sweet peppers exported to Holland.

Dr Chandler established her own company "Horticultural Business Solutions Inc." in 1997 with a view to upgrading the operations of Caribbean private sector companies involved in food production and marketing.

Recognising the importance of succession planning in the agricultural industry, Dr Chandler has supervised a School Garden Competition for Super Centre, and at the Governor General’s request, has co-ordinated the Governor General’s Agricultural Summer Camp for primary school children for the last five years.

In 2006 she was appointed as a member of the local Selection Committee for the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence and in 2009 was appointed to the local Selection Committee for the United World College Scholarships.

In 2007 and 2009 Dr Chandler held the post of Vice President of the Barbados Society of Technologists in Agriculture, and in 2008, President.

Dr Chandler is part of the Exhibits Committee for Agrofest and the Chief Judge of the Fruit and Vegetable Exhibit.

She has authored/co-authored over 50 publications in addition to being the author of the Agro-Doc column which has appeared in the Nation newspaper for the last four years.

In 2003 Dr Chandler was appointed by the Governor General as an Independent Senator in the Upper Chamber of the Parliament of Barbados and was reappointed in 2008.

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