Food Security

  • President Ramotar pleased with efforts to ensure food security in the region

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, — Caribbean Week of Agriculture officially began here on Wednesday night with Guyana’s President Donald Romatar expressing support for the efforts being made in the region to reduce food imports and ensure food security. “I agree … that we can’t supply one hundred per cent of our needs, but certainly we can do far better than we are…

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  • Guyana Minister lauds role of women in ensuring food security in the region

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Guyana’s Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Jennifer Webster, says women’s empowerment must be seen as a catalyst for growth and diversity of CARICOM economies. She told delegates attending the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) that women’s empowerment is a catalyst for developing any society, and more so in the Caribbean. “This is probably a…

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  • New report says family farming has key role in food security the Caribbean

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, CMC – A new report released on Thursday says family farming has key role to play in food security in the Caribbean and Latin America. The report, “The Outlook for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Americas 2014: A Perspective on Latin America and the Caribbean,” presented at the 2013 Meeting of Ministers of Agriculture of the…

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  • FAO official draws attention to food security challenges

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Advocate – A major challenge for the Caribbean region is the high food import bill, and an official from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations is suggesting that work has to be done to get the figure down substantially. Moreover Dr. J.R. Deep Ford, Co-ordinator, Caribbean Sub-Region, FAO, noted that efforts must be made…

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  • Food security talks in Guyana

    Georgetown—Around 80 participants from the Caribbean, including government, civil society, academia and private sector representatives, will meet in Georgetown June 19-21 to discuss and analyze implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. Participants will explore the potential for implementing the guidelines at the regional…

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  • Agri group in bid to boost food security

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Trinidad and Tobago Agri-Business Association (TTABA) is one of the collaborating partners in a regional initiative to boost food security. The project with the University of Wageningenin the Netherlands targets Barbados, Belize, St Kitts/Nevis and T&T and is aimed an ensuring food supplies “over the long term, in the midst of the constantly changing…

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  • EU supporting regional food security project

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The European Union is providing an Euro 8.6 million (One Euro = US$1.29) grant to support a project to improve Caribbean food security in the context of climate change. The project is being conducted in Belize, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago and is being organized by the Caribbean Agricultural Research…

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  • T&T, Guyana in move to boost food security

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Devant Maharaj, Minister of Food Production, told the T&T Guardian that a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is being prepared to bolster relations between Guyana and T&T with respect to food security. He was speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the car park for the Norris Deonarine Wholesale Market, Macoya. He added:…

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  • Caribbean Export to help Regional Food Producers with €500,000 Special Assistance Programme (EDF)

    CARIFORUM food exporters will benefit from some much needed assistance when the Caribbean Export Development Agency rolls out a €500,000 Special Assistance Programme funded under the 10th EDF programme of the European Union (EU), to help prepare them for existing and anticipated food safety regulations in key export markets. CARIFORUM food exporters will benefit from some much needed assistance when…

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  • We are rapidly mortgaging our food sovereignty – George

    Over the past years there has been a significant decline in traditional exports to the European Union (EU) while our extra-regional food import bill is estimated at around $3.5 to $4 billion US dollars annually. That’s according to Acting Prime Minister Ambrose George who was at the time addressing the opening ceremony of the Climate Change and Science and Technology…

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