Improving productivity, opportunities and constraints in agriculture, forestry, and fishing, as well as new technologies and innovation, occupied one of the work tables at the event, in preparation for the Food Systems Summit 2021 to be held by the United Nations in September.
According to the digital website Caricom Today, a commitment to implementing low-carbon development pathways, green production processes and innovation financing for financial education was also on the agenda of the regional meeting.
Director of the Agricultural and Industrial Development Program of the Community Secretariat, Sean Bo, confirmed that the dialogue will lay the foundations for a transformation in the Caribbean, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
For his part, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Didier Tribuck, pointed out that small island states are currently facing multiple crises, including climate change and natural disasters, which negatively affect development and the achievement of the sustainable development goals.
Tribook emphasized the critical role that sustainable food security plays in helping to create a more equitable world.
The Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation (IICA), Manuel Otero, specified that farmers should be heard, because without them there would be no food.
“Science and technology are essential for decision-making on these issues, and agriculture is part of solving problems like climate change,” Otero said.
The CARICOM Secretary organized the meeting with Resident Coordinators from the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Food Program and IICA.
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