The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”.
Commonly, the concept of food security is defined as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people’s dietary needs as well as their food preferences and according to Hector, the aim of the agriculture department “is to ensure those objectives are met.”
“I would want people to realize that it is not just empty rhetoric when you say that there is a food security problem around the world. We’re here in Nevis with a small population and our mandate includes making sure that we have food produced in this country and the department has championed that cause,” he said.
He also noted that the Agriculture Department has already started with some new initiatives which he describes as “a step in the right direction for food production in Nevis.”
“I recognize that we have a new line to increase the breed in the sheep population that again is a step in the right direction of making sure that we have food for the future. We are seeing now that when we introduce the new ram sheep into our flocks, we would be able to have an increase in the gene pool and we can have better quality.
“That in itself is an indication that we understand what we are doing towards the future and we are making sure that knowledge of food security is looked after by our department,” Hector explained.