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Discussing upcoming FAO Regional Conference in Jamaica

FAO Director-General meets CARICOM’s representative at the 158th Session of the Organization’s Council

6 December 2017, Rome – As part of the preparations for the upcoming FAO Regional Conference in Jamaica FAO Director General spoke with Winston Rudder, Chairman of the Agricultural Development Bank and Cocoa Development Company of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries of Trinidad and Tobago

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the FAO Council today in Rome,

Rudder, who represents the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at the Council, brought to the table the issues that are most of concern for his region.

“Climate change and its impact on agriculture are a critical issue for us in the Caribbean. Given the fact that we are small in terms of land space, we have to be very, very concerned about this,”he said in remarks following the meeting, noting that the Caribbean comprises a group of Small Island Developing States that are particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

“The other issue is food and nutrition security, the linkage between agriculture and health and the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, including diabetes and high blood pressure,” he added.

“The Caribbean sub-region has always had an excellent relationship with the FAO. We see FAO as a major partner. I would argue it’s one of the most important UN agencies that we have been working with over the years,” he concluded.

About FAO’s Regional Conferences

FAO Regional Conferences are an official forum where ministers of agriculture and high officials of Member States from the same geographic region, meet to elaborate, beyond the borders of the individual countries, on challenges and priorities related to food and agriculture, with a view of promoting regional coherence on global policies and political issues.