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Mar 3, 2022

CARICOM Pushing for Increased Food Security “Eat More of What We Plant”

Mia Mottley

We have been telling you about the Caribbean Community’s goal to reduce its extra-regional food bill by twenty-five percent by 2025. Caribbean leaders, including those in Belize, are encouraging their citizens to import less and eat more of what they plant. They are also assisting farmers to increase production. It is an ambitious goal that Prime Minister Mia Mottley says is absolutely essential.


Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados

“Let me say that with respect just to give context, the Twenty-five by Twenty-five came as a result of the regional agriculture ministers meeting in Bridgetown in 2018. We indicated then that we as a region need to recognize that food and water were becoming the new oil and that we needed to reduce the volumes we import while at the same time increasing the opportunities for our agricultural sector, our famers in particular, but at the same time seeking to do two other things. One is to reduce the cost of food and two encourage our people to eat more locally grown food that would be better for them and help us to reduce the bills we hope in the medium to long-term that we spend in fighting chronic, non-communicable diseases. There is too much diabetes, too much hypertension, too much stroke. All of these things our populations are facing.”

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