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CARICOM agriculture ministers will meet via videoconference tomorrow to discuss regional food securtity measures to combat the impact of the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo: CARICOM)

CARICOM agriculture ministers to draft food security plan by videoconference

CARICOM agriculture ministers will meet via videoconference tomorrow to discuss regional food securtity measures to combat the impact of the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo: CARICOM)

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministers of agriculture will meet tomorrow, March 19, 2020, to create a food security response plan as countries of ramp up safety measures to address the global spread of COVID-19.

The ministers will meet via videoconference with the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, at 10 am Eastern Caribbean time.

The CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. (File photo)

During the meeting, the CARICOM Secretariat will present a framework document that should cover the region’s the agri-food response and mitigation plans.

In addition, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the Caribbean Private Sector Organisation, and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will make presentations at the meeting.

CARICOM partner agencies — the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and the World Food Programme — and private sector interest group will have representatives sharing in the meeting.

Secretary General for the Caribbean Community Irwin LaRocque (File photo)

The meeting should conclude with an agreed position on how CARICOM will handle food security issues that may arise from COVID-19, as well as ensuring the necessary support mechanisms are in place both regionally and nationally to safeguard food security for member states.