CARICOM urges policy to deal with rising food prices

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QUITO, Ecuador, CMC –

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states today called for a policy to deal with rising food prices globally, as they joined their Latin American counterparts in discussing the agri-food sector which is regarded as critical to move beyond the crisis that has engulfed the world over the past two years.

Guyana’s Agriculture Minister, Zulfikar Mustapha, told the 37th Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that food prices had become a «very very important issue» around the world.

«What is taking place, we have had the (COVID-19) pandemic for two years, we have had the war in Russia and Ukraine and we have other issues that exacerbate the situation with food prices around the world,» Mustapha told the conference being attended by ministers and delegations both virtually and in person.

Mustapha, who was elected vice-chair of the five-day conference, said «we as a region in Latin America and the Caribbean, especially in CARICOM, we are now looking at proposals and ways on how we could bring down the food prices and reduce our import bill».

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