(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown) Dr. Armstrong Alexis, Deputy Secretary-General, CARICOM, met with a delegation from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) led by Mr. Stanlake Samkange, Senior Director for Strategic Partnerships on Monday, 30 January 2023 at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana. Also present were representatives from the Global Alliance for Food Security (GAFS) and Mr. Shaun Baugh, Programme Manager, Agriculture Development, CARICOM Secretariat and his team. The exchange focused on the Region’s food security and strategic programmes between the entities.
The following critical priorities emerged from the discussions:
- Avoid further hunger with country-led needs assessments, humanitarian response, and expanded social safety nets
- Boost sustainable agricultural production for upcoming harvests
- Provide regular agricultural market information
- Develop dashboard/interactive map to consolidate and present data, track financial resources and share research
Mr. Baugh stated that the meeting yielded fruitful decisions for cooperation between the entities. He highlighted that the “next steps will explore a full cooperation agreement around the area of food and nutrition security”.