FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

FAO’s Regional Conference kicks off with new partnership between the Caribbean Development Bank and FAO

Alliances are fundamental to overcome hunger, obesity, rural poverty and climate change, said FAO’s Subregional Coordinator for the Caribbean, Lystra Fletcher-Paul.

FAO called for new alliances to defeat rising hunger and malnutrition during its Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean.

5th March 2018, Montego Bay, Jamaica – The Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations' Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean started with a bang today, with the signing of an agreement between the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and FAO.

“We need closer ties between FAO and other development partners if we are to tackle the main challenges that threaten regional food security – rising hunger and overweight, rural poverty and climate change”, said FAO’s Subregional Coordinator ad interim for the Caribbean, Lystra Fletcher-Paul.

The agreement will allow FAO to provide better technical assistance in projects in which CDB is the financier.  It will also permit FAO to directly execute projects with funds from the CDB, and for

 

both organizations to provide joint assistance to countries of common membership.

“Hunger and malnutrition are on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean. During the Regional Conference we are developing multiples alliances, such as the one we have signed today, to reverse the trend.”, said Fletcher-Paul.

 

“CDB welcomes this new agreement, which will broaden and strengthen collaboration between our Bank and FAO, which has been ongoing since 1986. Today, through the signing of this document, we are opening the door for our regional members to achieve even greater development gains in agriculture through our partnership,” said Daniel Best, Director of Projects at CDB, who signed the agreement on behalf of the bank.

 

FAO Conference: a unique opportunity to strengthen food security

FAO and CDB signed the agreement in Montego Bay, where the government of Jamaica is hosting FAO’s mayor governing body – the Regional Conference - with the participation of Ministers of Agriculture, Health, Education, Environment and Social Development from all its member countries. 

 

This year’s Regional Conference is particularly important: hunger in the region has risen for the first time in decades, obesity has become an epidemic and rural poverty is also on the rise, while countries struggle to adapt to climate change.

 

“We need high-level, large-scale interventions to address these challenges. That requires innovation, to create new and improved strategies. That will be one of the main focus areas of our discussions during the next four days”, explained Fletcher-Paul.

 

 

 

Alliances are fundamental to overcome hunger, obesity, rural poverty and climate change, said FAO’s Subregional Coordinator for the Caribbean, Lystra Fletcher-Paul.

 

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