Ministers of Agriculture of the Caribbean will gather this Tuesday at the headquarters of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in San Jose, Costa Rica. The ministers will participate in working meetings with Manuel Otero, Director General of the hemispheric agency specializing in agricultural and rural development, with a view to exploring cooperation opportunities with Latin America to reduce food insecurity levels in the Caribbean region.
The ministers will also exchange views and information on the outlook for the agriculture sector in the various countries, and will discuss current and future IICA actions aimed at increasing the productivity and resilience of food production in Caribbean countries, which are particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change.
Fourteen of IICA’s 34 Member States are Caribbean nations, all of which are undertaking efforts to reduce their historical dependence on food imports.
The meeting will include a presentation on the main challenges facing agriculture and rural development in the Caribbean by specialists of the Public Policy Observatory for Agrifood Systems (OPSAa). Launched by IICA in 2022, the initiative has become an important tool for helping countries navigate a period of uncertainty and instability triggered by a confluence of crises.
Participating in the meeting, both in person and virtually, will be the Ministers of Agriculture of Antigua and Barbuda, Chet Greene; Barbados, Indar Weir; Dominica, Roland Royer; Grenada, Adrian Thomas; Guyana, Zulfikar Mustapha; Haiti, Charlot Bredy; Jamaica, Floyd Green; Dominican Republic, Limber Cruz; St. Kitts and Nevis, Samal Mojah Duggins; St. Lucia, Alfred Prospere; St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saboto Caesar; Suriname, Parmanand Sewdien; Trinidad and Tobago, Avinash Singh; and Belize, Jose Abelardo Mai. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture of The Bahamas, David Cates, will also participate.
The meeting of Caribbean ministers will be held prior to the Forty-third Regular Meeting of IICA’s Executive Committee, which will be held on July 19 and 20 in San Jose, Costa Rica.