Ministers of Agriculture of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Monday began preparations for the 35th Food and Agriculture (FAO) Regional Conference which will be held in Jamaica, 5-8 March, 2018. The preparatory consultation was held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, with some delegates joining the discussions via videoconferencing.
The regional conference in Montego Bay will help the FAO to strategise for effective responses to the priorities and challenges that the Region faces in the coming biennium.
Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries of Trinidad and Tobago, the Hon. Clarence Rambharat chaired the consultation at which the Director-General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Permanent Secretaries and other officials in the sector were present.
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The delegates looked at the expected outcomes, main agenda items and key issues of relevance to the Caribbean. At the day-long meeting, the ministers also discussed a number of regional initiatives including Ending Hunger and Eradicating all Forms of Malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Climate Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture.
They also had the opportunity to have discussions geared at agreeing on Regional priorities and emerging issues. At the brief opening session of the meeting, food safety, combatting non-communicable diseases, climate change, its effects on the Region and crafting an adaptation strategy were some of the issues identified as key areas for the Region.