PM concerned about rising hunger in Caribbean

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ROSE HALL, St James — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed grave concerns about the rise in hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last 20 years, which he noted is an encumbrance to protracted growth and development of the region’s economies.

“A core component of improving the well-being and quality of life of citizens is food security; that is, and to use the FAO’s (Food and Agriculture Organisation’s) definition, when all people, at all times, have the physical, economic and social access to adequate, safe and nutritious food to meet their food preferences and dietary needs for a healthy and active life. Yet, for the first time in two decades, hunger is on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean. We cannot achieve sustained growth and development with this troubling trend,” Holness said.

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the FAO’s 35th Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James, yesterday.

Noting that energy security is food security, the prime minister suggested lowering high energy cost as one of the three actions that are critical to addressing hunger and malnutrition, rural development, and climate resilience and sustainable agriculture.

“We are addressing the crucial nexus between energy and food security and finding solutions to secure both, to put these two sectors in sync — a necessary component for sustainable development,” Prime Minister Holness argued.

He also batted for the agricultural sector to embrace technology and promote partnerships to maximise food production.

“While we cannot deny the close relationship between traditional culture and many of our agricultural practices, we must continue to appreciate the exponential value that can be created when we infuse our agricultural techniques and processes with technology,” he said.

ROSE HALL, St James — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed grave concerns about the rise in hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last 20 years, which he noted is an encumbrance to protracted growth and development of the region’s economies.

“A core component of improving the well-being and quality of life of citizens is food security; that is, and to use the FAO’s (Food and Agriculture Organisation’s) definition, when all people, at all times, have the physical, economic and social access to adequate, safe and nutritious food to meet their food preferences and dietary needs for a healthy and active life. Yet, for the first time in two decades, hunger is on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean. We cannot achieve sustained growth and development with this troubling trend,” Holness said.

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the FAO’s 35th Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James, yesterday.

Noting that energy security is food security, the prime minister suggested lowering high energy cost as one of the three actions that are critical to addressing hunger and malnutrition, rural development, and climate resilience and sustainable agriculture.

“We are addressing the crucial nexus between energy and food security and finding solutions to secure both, to put these two sectors in sync — a necessary component for sustainable development,” Prime Minister Holness argued.

He also batted for the agricultural sector to embrace technology and promote partnerships to maximise food production.

“While we cannot deny the close relationship between traditional culture and many of our agricultural practices, we must continue to appreciate the exponential value that can be created when we infuse our agricultural techniques and processes with technology,” he said.

Source Jamaica Observer

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