Tuesday 1 December, 2020

CARICOM establishes regional Food Security Task Force

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has sought to address the region's concerns about food security through the establishment of a Food Security Task Force.

Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, David Comissiong recently announced that the task force was created to ensure that the region does not experience any deficit in food supplies and that the agriculture and food production sectors were enhanced.


“This initiative is intersecting with the Barbados National FEED (Farmers Empowerment and Enfranchisement Drive) programme. The Government has a programme in place to bring on board 2,000 new farmers to seriously enhance Barbados’ capacity to produce its own food and agricultural produce." 

The envoy added that as it was announced in the Throne Speech, additional resources would be put in place to establish and develop “new markets across our landscape". 

Comissiong went on to highlight that increased food production would significantly help the region following the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on CARICOM member states. 


“So, clearly, one of the responses to the crisis (COVID-19 pandemic) is for Barbados to produce much more of its food.

Right now, we spend hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign exchange purchasing food from outside our CARICOM region. So, if at the regional level and at the national level we could enhance our food production, then in a situation where the tourism has collapsed [and] we are not bringing in the foreign exchange, we can get around that need for foreign exchange by producing more of our food,” Commissiong said.


 

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