Caribbean delegates among SIDS attending conference on food and nutrition security
More than 300 delegates from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are gathering here ahead of a three-day international conference aimed at building resilience for food and nutrition security.
“This conference is motivated by the recognition that poor countries and vulnerable people are being hit hard by a barrage of economic, environmental, and political shocks, which are becoming more frequent and intense,” Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) told the Caribbean media Corporation (CMC).
“It will bring together policymakers, development practitioners, donors, and others to Evaluate emerging shocks that pose significant threats to food and nutrition security,” Fan said.
The conference, which begins on Thursday, is being hosted by ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS).
It will allow delegates an opportunity to consider the key role of agriculture and nutrition in the well being livelihood and economies of SIDS with presentation from experts from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
The three-day event will also explore best practices in linking agriculture, health and tourism, specifically to create employment, reduce food imports and add value to local and regional trade.
The conference planners told CMC that special attention will be given to smart public-private partnerships and that over the next three days, delegates will assess experiences and draw lessons for using programs, policies, institutions, and investments to build resilience.build resilience.
They will determine key approaches and tools for building resilience to shocks of varying levels, in addition to identifying knowledge and action gaps in research, policy, and programming, and set priorities for action by different actors and in different regions.
The conference will also feature a discussion by a high level panel on “Enhancing Resilience for food and nutrition security in small-island economies”.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn will declare open the IFPRI 2020 Conference that will also involve at least 20 side events that will allow for sharing innovative research initiatives, programmes, and tools related to building resilience.
Running concurrently with the conference will be a “Knowledge Fair”, which will provide participants with the opportunity to further learn, share, and collaborate on new tools, methods, and initiatives for building resilience for food and nutrition security.