Food for thought
REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS have been urged to devise national food and nutrition strategies in order to ensure food security.
Director emeritus of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Dr Chelston Brathwaite, noted that economic conditions “will remain rough” over the next five years as food prices continued to rise and therefore it was about time regional governments refocused their attention on agriculture to guarantee food security and have Caribbean people utilizing more of what they grow.
Brathwaite was delivering the keynote address during the 47th Caribbean Food Crops Society Conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday. He was speaking on the topic Food Insecurity And Climate Change – Threats To The Sustainable Economic Development In The Caribbean.
“We think that what is needed . . . is a national policy on food and nutrition which guarantees the food supply of the nation,” he said. “You need finance, infrastructure, credit, the environment . . . tourism.” (MM)
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