The call was made by Guyana’s Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud who noted that he has been a firm advocate for food production in the region and there is potential for other countries to pick up.
He revealed that next week a high level meeting comprising CARICOM countries and FAO will be held in Trinidad and Tobago to discuss food security and related issues.
While addressing participants of the Colombia Cooperation Strategy for the Caribbean Basin meeting on Thursday (9th June) at Cara Lodge, Georgetown, the minister enlightened the gathering that Guyana would be launching its Food and Nutrition Strategy.
He stated that the plan, which is being reviewed by the participants of this meeting, looks at how Guyana can maintain food security, but in a nutritional sense, since the quality that is produced is important.
Minister Persaud explained that the meeting held between Colombia and the Caribbean seeks to exchange knowledge and techniques so as to improve food security in the hemisphere.
One of the participants stated that, “We have similar needs and problems but the ways we resolve them do not have to be the same. What we do is put techniques on the table and countries can adopt them if they want to.”
It was noted that the meeting has revealed some difficulties with respect to nutrition and food security in the Caribbean.
Two major areas that need emphasis are: food production and consumption.
The participant added that the countries need to find ways to have persons consume local produce and ensure their choice is healthy. At the end of the meeting it is expected that goals will be set and countries would be tasked with accomplishing them in the interest of healthy population.
The Colombia Cooperation Strategy for the Caribbean Basin started in 2009 “as a mechanism of South-South Cooperation, the Caribbean Strategy fosters mutual exchange and learning processes on topics of great interest to the region.
It focuses on nutrition and food safety, bilingual wisdom, academic mobility, natural disaster prevention and risk management, technical education, and culture and has a membership of 25 countries including: Antigua and Barbuda, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname.”
(Parts of this article were written with content submitted in a Kaieteur News publication)