Caribbean Community (CARICOM) agriculture ministers have warned that while there are adequate food supplies in the region now, Caribbean countries should stimulate local production to meet future demands.
A CARICOM statement said this is one of the recommendations contained in a framework document the ministers have accepted in principle to deal with the availability and accessibility of food in CARICOM, considering the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ministers and other stakeholders met in a special session of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) recently via video conferencing to consider the impact the pandemic was likely to have on food and nutrition security in the region.
Belize Minister of Food and Agriculture, Godwin Hulse who chaired the meeting said food security response was fundamental, given the uncertainty of the pandemic.
CARICOM Assistant Secretary General, Trade and Economic Integration, Joseph Cox said as the global community continued to grapple with the impact of the virus, recognition had to be given to the fact that the community’s approach had to be more different.
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