Single shared vision needed to protect Caribbean Agriculture, Food Systems – Guyana Agriculture Minister
(Department of Public Information Press Release) Given the increasing impacts climate change continues to have on the regional agriculture sector, Agriculture Minister, Zulfikar Mustapha said there needs to be a single shared vision and coordination of efforts toward sustainable change to protect the Caribbean’s agriculture and food systems.
Minister Mustapha was at the time delivering remarks at the Meetings of the Americas on Climate Change and Agriculture.
In his address, Minister Mustapha said agriculture in the Caribbean and around the world is under threat as a result of the adverse effects of climate change.
“We cannot overlook the urgency of increasing the climate resilience of the agriculture sector. If we do, our objectives of enhancing productivity and production, food security, economic growth, and improving livelihoods will not be possible. Given the Caribbean region’s increased vulnerability to natural disasters due to the effects of climate change, and the threat it places on agricultural production and food security, urgent action is needed to protect the Caribbean’s agriculture and food systems. This requires a more integrated approach, a single shared vision, and coordination of efforts towards sustainable change,” the minister noted.
The Agriculture Minister also said that de-risking of the regional agricultural sector is critical to moving the sector forward.
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