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Jamaica to host Food and Agriculture Organization regional conference

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica is to host the 35th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean fromMarch 5 to 8at the Montego Bay Conference Centre in Rose Hall, St James.

The three-day event is expected to attract ministers of agriculture, social development, education, health and environment and other high-level officials from the 33 FAO member nations across the Americas to discuss challenges and priority matters related to food and agriculture.

It will focus on four main areas – eradicating hunger, overweight and obesity; ending rural poverty; promoting climate resilient and sustainable agriculture; and creating a new FAO to move towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda said that Jamaica is happy to be hosting the regional conference.

“I think this a signal honour to Jamaica, because Jamaica is on the right path and we have the measures that are important to move agriculture forward in our entire region,” he said at a briefing heldon Tuesday(February 13) at his New Kingston offices in St Andrew.

“We welcome this opportunity, and we look forward to this tremendous exchange where the conference will give all of our colleague agricultural ministers and other very distinguished people from the Caribbean and Latin American region the opportunity to put on the agenda the concerns that they have, the ways in which they are approaching them, the strategies they think can assist, and the extent to which the FAO can be of help,” he added.

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