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Haiti - Agriculture : The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, establish 3 priorities for the FAO
11/04/2022 10:34:05

Haiti - Agriculture : The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, establish 3 priorities for the FAO
As part of the Regional Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which took place in hybrid mode (virtual and face-to-face) in Quito, Ecuador, 41 Ministers and 23 Vice-Ministers of State from 33 Member States attended the conference, chaired by Pedro Álava, Minister of Agriculture of Ecuador.

586 people attended the Conference, including members of the private sector, academia, civil society and the United Nations system, and more than 34,000 people watched the Conference webcasts.

Virtually participated in Haiti, the Prime Minister a.i., Ariel Henry and the Ministers Ricard Pierre (Planning) and Dr. Alex Larsen (Health).

"Latin America and the Caribbean can and must meet their challenges and move to the forefront of global food and agriculture. Global food security demands it [...] the best way to achieve this is to transform their agri-food systems to be more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable," said QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General in his intervention

Prime Minister Henry expressed his confidence in the results that the Conference will bring to the region, he declared to have "the firm assurance that during this Conference, a regional consensus will be found on the way in which FAO should accompany the different countries in the region. Such support will consist in ensuring, for all, food security, better nutrition and healthy and affordable food, which are essential for sustained economic growth, social progress and peace in a sustainable manner." https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-36311-haiti-politic-intervention-of-the-pm-at-the-37th-regional-conference-of-the-fao-video.html

The Haitian Minister of Agriculture Charlot Brédy, present in Quito, emphasized the pooling of capacities for a better exploitation of the potentialities for the benefit of the communities of the region. An active and productive regional cooperation in order to achieve resilient sustainable agriculture at the regional level.

Regional priorities defined for FAO:

First Priority:
Building sustainable agri-food systems. FAO will help countries to ensure physical and economic access to safe and nutritious food, to promote healthy diets and policies and programs to support the 104 million people suffering from obesity and the 60 million people suffering from hunger.

"In Latin America and the Caribbean, there is no hunger because of the lack of food. There is no hunger because farmers are not doing their job. There is hunger because there is too much inequality and poverty," explained Julio Berdegué, FAO Regional Representative.

Second priority:
Structuring prosperous and inclusive rural societies, "Half of the rural population of Latin America and the Caribbean is poor, one in four people live in extreme poverty and 82% of those who work in agriculture and fishing are doing in informal conditions," explained Julio Berdegué.

Third priority:
Resilient agriculture adapted to climate change "We are firmly committed to stopping deforestation, promoting sustainable and low-emission livestock farming and promoting the re-carbonization of soils and the recovery of degraded agroecosystems," said Berdegué.

According to the FAO Regional Representative, these three regional priorities require the fulfillment of an essential prerequisite: innovation, stating that for "Our commitment is that each FAO regional initiative becomes a driver of innovation, and that each project is a digitization experience. The digitization of agri-food systems and rural societies is absolutely necessary."

"Regional priorities are the roots that will deeply anchor the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-2031 [...] It is you who must take the lead, because FAO is your Organization. You guide us and we are fully committed to working for your priorities," concluded QU Dongyu.

The next Regional Conference will be held in Guyana in 2024.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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