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CARICOM Agriculture Donor Conference CROWNE PLAZA TRINIDAD, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 2 June 2007. TRANSFORMING CARICOM AGRICULTURE. Food Security and Sustainable Development. Ensuring Food Security and Rural Development in CARICOM. Food Security. Production Enterprises. Poverty

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CARICOM Agriculture Donor Conference

CROWNE PLAZA TRINIDAD, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 2 June 2007

TRANSFORMING CARICOM AGRICULTURE

Food Security and Sustainable Development

Ensuring Food Security and Rural Development in CARICOM


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Food Security

Production

Enterprises

Poverty

Job Creation

Prevention

Mitigation

Safety

Nutrition

Policy area

Access and consumption

Utilisation

Availability

Stability

  • natural disasters

  • price fluctuations

  • policy risks

  • economic factors

  • domestic production

  • trade (import) capacity and regime

  • food stocks

  • poverty

  • purchasing power

  • transport and market infrastructure

  • food distribution

  • care and feeding

  • food safety & quality

  • clean water

  • health & sanitation

Intervention areas


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CARICOM Agriculture Donor Conference

CROWNE PLAZA, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 2 June 2007

Food Security and Sustainable Development

Challenges Facing CARICOM

  • Import dependence

  • Vulnerability of food supply system

  • Nutrition and food health related challenges

  • Safe Food - quality and standards

Ensuring Food Security and Rural Development in CARICOM


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CARICOM Agriculture Donor Conference

CROWNE PLAZA, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 2 June 2007

Import dependence

< 5% - Barbados, Bahamas,

Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts,

St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago,

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

< 30% - Cuba

< 40% - Haiti, DR

> 70% - Belize

> 100% - Guyana, Suriname

Cereals Self-Sufficiency Ratio


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CARICOM Agriculture Donor Conference

CROWNE PLAZA,, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 2 June 2007

Food supply system vulnerability

  • Natural/environmental risks – hurricanes, floods, droughts…

  • Price shocks and global market changes

  • Dependence on imported inputs

  • Age of farming population

  • SPS systems weakness

  • Inability to keep up with standards as lifestyle changes


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CARICOM Agriculture Donor Conference

CROWNE PLAZA, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 2 June 2007

  • Food supply system vulnerability

Ensuring Food Security and Rural Development in CARICOM


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CARICOM Agriculture Donor Conference

CROWNE PLAZA, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 2 June 2007

  • Nutrition and food health related challenges

Decreased Nutritional Status of Vulnerable Groups

Increased Food Health Related Concerns

Nutritionally Appropriate Foods - too expensive

Knowledge related to making healthy food choices

Ensuring Food Security and Rural Development in CARICOM


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CARICOM Agriculture Donor Conference

CROWNE PLAZA, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 2 June 2007

  • Nutrition and food health related challenges


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CARICOM Agriculture Donor Conference

CROWNE PLAZA, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 2 June 2007

  • Food safety, quality and standards

Limited Capacity for Monitoring and Implementing

Food Safety Systems and Infrastructure

Inadequate Training of Community and Commercial Food Handlers

Modernisation of Legislation and user knowledge of food regulations

Ensuring Food Security and Rural Development in CARICOM


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CARICOM Agriculture Donor Conference

CROWNE PLAZA, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 2 June 2007

  • Sustainable development

  • Aim at cross border production and marketing linkages – capitalize on different comparative advantages across the region. Some potential products and for which there are proposals in the package:

    • West Indian Sea Island Cotton

    • Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

    • Pepper sauce

    • A range of exotic Caribbean fruits, herbs and spices

  • Pursuit of

  • Caribbean brands and unique product characteristics

    • Employing sustainable development practices

    • Creating livelihood systems

Ensuring Food Security and Rural Development in CARICOM


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CARICOM Agriculture Donor Conference

CROWNE PLAZA, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 2 June 2007

Food Security Interventions – Up-scaled Regional Program for Food Security

Goal and Objectives

Reduce food insecurity in the CARICOM/CARIFORUM countries

  • Strengthen food, agricultural production, marketing systems and enterprises

  • Improve the capacity and policies for managing key threats to food security

  • Promote the consumption of safe and nutritious food

Strengthen institutional capacity for ensuring food security (across all areas)

Ensuring Food Security and Rural Development in CARICOM


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Proposed Upscaled Regional Program for Food Security

  • National Projects _

  • Regional Level –

  • National projects may be

  • funded independently

  • Regional project support

  • national projects in the thrust

  • for food security



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