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Latin America and Caribbean could be on the forefront of world meals and agriculture, supplied it first tackles starvation and inequality – World

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FAO Director-Normal factors to precedence areas for motion to heads of state and authorities at regional CELAC discussion board

01/25/2023

**Buenos Aires – **Latin America and the Caribbean “can and should step up” to deal with growing starvation and inequality charges within the area, a job that will transfer them “to the forefront of world meals and agriculture” — this was the message conveyed by the Director-Normal of the Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, to a regional political leaders right here on Tuesday.

Qu’s speech to the seventh Summit of Heads of State and Authorities of the Neighborhood of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC), chaired over this 12 months by Argentina, was delivered by FAO Chief Economist Maximo Torero.

CELAC is an intergovernmental mechanism for dialogue and political settlement designed to help regional integration applications and comprised of 33 international locations which are house to round 600 million individuals.

Its function is vital in the present day as latest years have seen a weakening of collective efforts in the direction of regional and world integration.

“Multilateral establishments have to revolutionary” to answer present unprecedented and overlapping crises, mentioned Qu, who will signal a number of letters of intent to pursue initiatives within the area throughout the assembly.

“We stay in probably the most unequal continent on this planet and as soon as and for all we should undertake a course of resulting in equality,” mentioned President Alberto Fernández of Argentina in his opening remarks. “It’s a lot simpler to realize such outcomes working collectively.”

Qu pointed to key precedence areas that integration by way of CELAC would facilitate, highlighting the necessity to increase meals provide within the Caribbean, the place wholesome diets are costly, investing in water infrastructure and meals manufacturing initiatives in Central America, the place droughts and outmigration are persistent traits, enhancing meals trade between international locations within the Andean area, and fostering a big regional program of infrastructure for manufacturing, storage and transportation of meals to facilitate intra-regional commerce and exports.

Whereas prioritizing safety of nationwide economies is pure, you will need to be aware “we’re all collectively on this small planet and the measures taken in a single nation have an effect on all the opposite international locations,” the Director-Normal mentioned, citing the worldwide expertise of the COVID -19 pandemic for instance of the worth and significance of worldwide collaboration.

FAO can effectively present help for implementation of CELAC initiatives and objectives of all Members if their issues are made clear and the tangible and sustainable options agreed, he famous.

Rework agrifood programs to reboot SDG agenda

Latin America and the Caribbean was an outperforming area when it comes to decreasing starvation and poverty within the decade as much as 2015. But, regardless of being the world’s largest web meals exporting area, it has confronted main setbacks these days. Between 2019 and 2021, the variety of individuals affected by starvation elevated by 30 p.c to 56.5 million, whereas these enduring poverty has additionally elevated.

That would signify a setback of a decade or extra within the effort to scale back poverty and starvation within the area and past, and stymie efforts to scale back inequalities as referred to as for by Sustainable Growth Objective 10, FAO’s Director-Normal mentioned.

Whereas the FAO Meals Value Index has been declining, providing some respite, restoration has but to be established and extra challenges are inevitable because the world’s agrifood programs function underneath dangers and uncertainties, together with these stemming from the local weather disaster and financial slowdowns, he added.

What referred to as for pressing collective motion now to concentrate on the social and financial penalties of the pandemic, rising meals insecurity, rising costs of staple meals, fertilizers and different agricultural inputs, the local weather disaster, erosion of biodiversity, deforestation and water shortage, and protracted poverty and rising inequalities which are particularly impacting rural populations, girls, youth and probably the most susceptible.

“All FAO groups within the area are prepared and absolutely dedicated to offering all of the Group’s technical experience and capability to governments to help then to face the present problem of meals safety,” he mentioned. “Nobody can do it alone.”

One of the best ways to do that, regionally and globally, is to remodel agrifood programs to make them extra environment friendly, extra inclusive, extra resilient and extra sustainable, he mentioned. “It’s vital to realize our widespread purpose of the 4 Betters: higher manufacturing, higher vitamin, a greater setting and a greater life for all,” he added.

Extra on this subject

CELAC: Neighborhood of Latin America and Caribbean States

FAO Regional Workplace for Latin America and the Caribbean

Regional Overview of Meals Safety and Vitamin in Latin America and the Caribbean

FAO Strategic Framework 2022-2031

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