GWP-C Partner: 71-Year-Old Trinidadian Farmer Ramgopaul Roop, Graduates with 2nd Master’s Degree from Scottish University

Ramgopaul Roop, a 71-year-old farmer from Trinidad continues to inspire others and prove that with hard work and dedication you can realise your dreams.

Roop is the owner of Rocrops Agrotec, a smallholder family farm established in 1990 in Trinidad; owned and managed by him and his wife Beena Roop. At the age of 71, Roop graduated on July 5th, 2019 from the Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland with a Master of Science Degree (MSc) with Distinction in Business Management specialising in Human Resource Management.

In addition to this, he is the winner of the University Medal for topping his class. This is a follow-up to his achievement just (3) years ago, back in 2016, where at age 69 he was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA), also with Distinction.

Ramgopaul Roop is seen here with his Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Business Mangement (specialising in Human Resource Management) in hand at his graduation on July 5th, 2019 in Scotland from the Edinburgh Napier University.

Ramgopaul Roop is the winner of the Edinburgh Napier University Medal, for topping his class.

Rocrops Agrotec has been a Partner of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) for the past eight (8) years. The development of Rocrops Agrotec, has always revolved around an integrated system of agroecology practices to rehabilitate degraded heavy clay soils for horticultural and agricultural production.

Amongst its many activities, on the farm Roop has steered significant promotion of climate-smart agriculture and water management. He works to promote sustainable agricultural techniques and practices with the potential to contribute to rural development and food security of Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, soil and water management in climate change adaptation is critical to the way in which Rocrops Agrotec is managed.

Ramgopaul and wife Beena Roop seen here at their farm (Rocrops Agrotec) in Trinidad.

The farm has been Roop’s family home providing a year-round source of income for the past 30 years. It is an innovative and model farm in the Caribbean. During these 30 years, Rocrops has successfully implemented soil and water adaptation measures to mitigate against the negative impacts of climate change.

GWP-C wishes to congratulate Roop on his recent achievement and is thankful for his ongoing support and dedication as a GWP-C Partner! Thank you for being an inspiration!