Guyana’s Role as Caribbean’s ‘Breadbasket’ Under Spotlight

A combine harvester in the process of reaping a rice crop (Photo via Guyana Chronicle)

(Guyana Chronicle) GUYANA’s potential of becoming the “breadbasket” of the Caribbean has once again come under the spotlight as regional experts seek out solutions to ensure the demand and supply shocks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic do not adversely affect food security in the region.

The novel coronavirus– COVID-19– and its resulting pandemic has led to an “unusual occurrence” of a global, dual demand and supply shock, according to Economist at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Ronald James, at a recent youth forum.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has highlighted that the measures used to mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19, including border closures, quarantines and market, trade and supply chain disruptions, have limited access to “sufficient, diverse and nutritious” sources of food.

During the medium to long term, as economies contend with the loss of productivity, increase in unemployment and other economic impacts of COVID-19, the FAO said that countries, particularly those which depend on food imports, will face difficulties in buying food.

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