Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us


Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.


Submit news and opinion for publication


Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.


Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin

News from the Caribbean:

Back To Today's News

OAS calls for urgent attention to Caribbean food security
Published on August 9, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, called for reforms in agriculture in the Caribbean including increased public-private partnerships and renewed focus on research and development during a conference this week in Barbados on food security and the economic implications of reliance on food imports.

OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin
Among the specific areas of concern, Ramdin cited the rising food import bill of the Caribbean region, which now totals over US $4 billion, and its comparatively low agricultural output.

Ramdin said food security has become one of the most actionable items of this era, raised at almost every major meeting, assembly or conference, including Summits of the Americas and OAS General Assemblies, yet noted that execution of many commitments is often delayed.

"Five years ago we identified key challenges: the lack of entrepreneurship and investment, ageing farmers, severe weather events and antiquated practices, but I am not sure we've acted enough to correct it. Five years later many of us are in the same position," he said.

Commending the government of Barbados for undertaking such a focused discussion, the high ranking OAS official described the situation in the Caribbean as worrisome: "the reality is that we simply do not have direct control over a significant percentage of our food supply, and we are increasingly vulnerable to every change or disruption in external production," added Ramdin.

Pointing to a direct link between food security, development, poverty, social and political stability, Ramdin also urged governments to focus more strategic efforts and resources to increase growth in the sector by considering more public-private partnerships and examining the potential of dedicating more state land to agriculture.

Ramdin called on governments to reinvest in research and development institutions and to rebuild agricultural traditions.

"We must be consistent in our efforts, ensuring there is a second generation of creative, technologically advanced farmers, or growers,” he said.
Reads: 7352

Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.


As a result of our comments feature being overtaken in recent weeks by spammers using fake email addresses, producing a large number of bounced verification emails each day, we have reluctantly decided to suspend the comments section until further notice.

User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Other Headlines:

Regional Sports: