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Re: Making agriculture work for nutrition: Prioritizing country-level action, research and support

EconomistViews On-The-Go University of Guyana, Guyana

As you continue in your thrust to seek out ways to "Making agriculture work for nutrition", and further to our earlier contribution, we submit the following:

  1. Integrate Agriculture/ Food & Nutrition Programmes into the School System: Many secondary schools have programmes of such, however, and in light of the recent developments regarding food and nutrition security,  it is imperative that these programmes be expanded, and extended to the elementary schools and even nursery schools. Cultivating good habits at an early age will definitely contribute to a more 'aware' society.
  2. Promote Organic Farming: In Guyana, we have embarked on some initiatives to foster organic farming. This is an area that some amount of attention need to be place if we are to make available wholesome foods to our people.
  3. Endorse Land Reform:Mechanisms must be put in place to facilitate and enhance farming in a sustainable manner. Moreover, with successful land reform and the beneficiaries (farmers) having the "know how" to cultivate the land by applying safe land practices, such as, crop rotation, utilizing manure, etc., in an effort to stimulate higher quality produce, there is every reason to expect an increase in production. In Guyana,  there is a huge amount of arable land, but the problem lies with ownership and use of the land. Therefore, land reform and supporting infrastructure, such as, eduaction, credit and technical assistance  are necessary if output is to be increased.

We are cognizant of the many policies, programmes and projects developed and executed by many nations, however, we believe that greater efforts must be placed on the aforementioned, which the FAO can continue to play a pivotal role.