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Nov 8, 2019

Focusing on “Food and Nutrition Security for a Healthy Belize”

A parliamentary forum on Food and Nutrition Security for a Healthy Belize took place today in Belize City. Members of the Belize Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition gathered to discuss policies and legislation to advance and achieve the objectives of the committee. The Ministry of Agriculture has launched school gardens in several schools across the country. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education is planning to scale up school feeding in Belize as well as ensuring that school children are fed at least one healthy meal a day. The Ministry of Health is focusing on the promotion of wellness and prevention of malnutrition in Belize. The forum was attended by House Speaker Laura Tucker Longsworth and Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse along with members of the Opposition Party.

 

Laura Tucker-Longsworth

Laura Tucker-Longsworth, Chair, B.P.A.H.M.

“The presentations highlight the direction in which we need to go. So it has to do for instance with laws that we can enforce to ensure that schools give proper nutrition, school band sugar sweetened drinks from around the schools that is making children unhealthy. But it takes us further. It looks to what exactly is that the country needs. Do we need a bigger law to really look at food and nutrition security which will looking farmers and farmers.”

 

Godwin Hulse

Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture

“I am happy that we have been able to pull this outside the political realm. As you see there is adequate representation from the Opposition and everybody is here because we want a buy in into this. This has to be Belizean children eating healthy, growing healthy. There is an election. The schools will be close because they use the school but the next day they get back to school no matter who is in government. We want this to roll on.”


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