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FAO Regional Ministerial Convention for Latin America and the Caribbean closes with renewed dedication to remodel agrifood programs

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Georgetown, Guyana – The thirty eighth Regional Ministerial Convention for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations (FAO) ended immediately with a renewed dedication to FAO’s Strategic Framework 2022-31 and 4 regional priorities that may information the work of the Group for the subsequent biennium. 

Closing the high-level gathering, FAO Director-Common QU Dongyu thanked Guyana for internet hosting the assembly and stated that the 33 member states within the area had come collectively to ascertain a shared imaginative and prescient for the longer term, to attain nutritious meals for all, for immediately at tomorrow.

“This has been a singular alternative to debate challenges, alternatives, and the totally different paths we will comply with. Deep and fruitful discussions between Members and FAO highlighted crucial areas of consideration, overlaying a variety of subjects to advance the transformation of agrifood programs based mostly on nation context and wishes and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda,” he stated.

Qu praised the area’s dedication to embracing the 4 Betters outlined within the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31 – higher manufacturing, higher vitamin, a greater atmosphere, and a greater life, leaving nobody behind, now mirrored within the agreed regional priorities:  remodeling agrifood programs by means of the promotion of extra environment friendly, extra inclusive, and extra sustainable manufacturing; ending starvation and reaching meals safety and vitamin; promote sustainable administration of pure assets and adaptation to local weather change; and decreasing inequalities and poverty, whereas selling elevated resilience.

“I’m crammed with a profound sense of gratitude and optimism. Over the previous 4 days we’ve got witnessed outstanding discussions, collaborations and insights which have undoubtedly enriched our collective understanding and efforts,”  stated Mustapha Zulfikar, Minister of Agriculture of Guyana and Chairman of the Convention.

Qu outlined a number of the key FAO initiatives and instruments mentioned throughout the convention to help Members within the transformation wanted, together with the Hand-in-Hand Initiative, the Blue Transformation method, and the International Roadmap on Attaining SDG2 with out breaching the 1.5C threshold. He additionally underscored the significance of constructing resilience, notably for Small Island Growing States (SIDS), within the face of climate-related challenges.

“Latin America and the Caribbean is among the few areas which have demonstrated progress within the struggle towards starvation, decreasing the figures of undernourishment”, he stated, acknowledging the area’s achievements whereas urging continued motion to handle inequalities and local weather impacts.

The Director-Common concluded by expressing FAO’s dedication to reaching tangible leads to the area by 2026.

Over 4 days, the Ministerial Convention supplied a platform for leaders to debate challenges, alternatives, and pathways to reaching meals safety and sustainable growth in Latin America and the Caribbean.

By means of Ministerial Roundtables, delegates centered on how you can advance fisheries and aquaculture; harness commerce as a strategic driver to cut back starvation and malnutrition within the area; and deal with challenges of the water-forest-biodiversity-soil nexus within the context of the local weather disaster.  The agenda additionally included high-level particular occasions centered on how science and digital innovation can bolster household farming, the necessity for agrifood programs transformation within the area’s SIDS, funding concentrating on by means of FAO’s Hand in Hand Initiative, and foresight drivers and triggers related for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The thirty ninth Session of the FAO Regional Ministerial Convention for Latin America and the Caribbean shall be held in Brazil in 2026.


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