Youth involvement integral to achieving food and nutrition security – CARICOM Secretary-General

CARICOM Secretary-General. Dr. Carla Barnett addresses youth on Saturday in Georgetown, Guyana

CARICOM Secretary-General Dr. Carla Barnett told youths across the Community on Saturday, that the Region needed them to transform systems and achieve the goals of food security.

She was one of the speakers at a Youth Dialogue held as one of the events of the three-day CARICOM Agri Youth Forum and Expo which concluded on Saturday at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre in Georgetown, Guyana. Her Excellency Arya Ali, First Lady of Guyana, delivered the keynote address.

“I am here to tell you the Region needs you, and needs you now. This is not the usual cliché that you are the future. Your immediate involvement and action are integral to how this Community could achieve the goal of ensuring its food and nutrition security in the future,” she told the young people.

Both the Secretary-General and First Lady encouraged the young people to remain in the Region and help to develop it.

“Your country, our Region, CARICOM, is calling on you. This is your time to contribute to the Region. There is no need to leave the Region for economic prosperity and opportunity. It is right here!  Your role in agriculture is one of massive possibility, not only to grow more food, but to transform local food systems with all the available technologies and build economies that can help lift entire communities out of poverty,” Dr. Barnett said.

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