Irais Maria García Portelles
CARICOM aims to reduce food imports
Georgetown, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) announced on Monday the development of an Agro-Food Plan for Response to Covid-19 to guarantee access to food to the countries of the region.
The plan is aimed at reducing the import of food products by 25 percent in the upcoming five years, according to Joseph Cox, Deputy Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration of the CARICOM's Secretariat.
The Covid-19 pandemic confirmed the need to work for effective access to food and optimization of its production, the expert indicated.
Cox just presented the CARICOM's initiative during a virtual debate conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The plan, known as '25 out of five,' establishes the steps that the 15 member countries of the regional mechanism must follow to guarantee that 'the health crisis does not turn into a food crisis.'