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FAO leader highlights great Latin American and Caribbean potential

Georgetown, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Latin America and the Caribbean have great potential to accelerate their progress, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu stated at a meeting of the agency here that entered its second day of sessions on Tuesday.

The area has much biodiversity and water resources to do even more with less, and accounts for 13 % of food production, the authority added as he opened the 38th Regional Conference of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Latin America and the Caribbean also account for 45% of trade in agricultural food products, according to a press release on Dongyu’s remarks at the encounter’s opening, which gathers up ministers and deputy ministers from regional countries at the Arthur Chung Conference Center.

The official referred that lthough the region is a food exporter, its dependence on imports and exports of commodities exposes its agricultural food systems to macroeconomic volatility, global geopolitical instability and climate change.

According to the FAO director, those problems, in turn, have a negative impact on commodity prices and government revenues, leading to unfavorable results in terms of food security and nutrition.

Guyana’s President Mohamed Irfaan Ali granted that building resilient and climate-protected agricultural food systems is an imperative task for the future.

Decision-making should be as data-driven as possible, the Guyanese leader argued, and called for more attention to be paid to nutrition.

Meanwhile, Honduras’ President Xiomara Castro in her capacity as President pro tempore of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, further stood out on a video the approval of the bloc’s plan for food security, nutrition and the eradication of hunger.