Minister of National Mobilization and Social Development, Frederick Stephenson is representing St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the 33rd FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean will be held in Santiago, Chile.
Eight countries in the region that have managed to eradicate hunger while fifteen countries have already achieved the first Millennium Development Goal of reducing by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.
Organizers say the Conference will focus on consolidating the regional advances in the fight against Hunger, Malnutrition and Extreme Poverty, Sustainable Development of Agriculture and the shift towards inclusive and efficient food systems.
Participants will also discuss Food Security Governance in the region, Adaptation to Climate Change, the Development of Family Agriculture, Food Trade and Production and South- South cooperation among countries in the region.
The Conference will be also be an opportunity for governments, representatives of the civil society, peasant and indigenous organizations, NGOs, intergovernmental organizations, regional integration bodies and other UN agencies to jointly discuss the challenges facing the eradication of hunger in the region.
The participating governments will review FAO’s activities in the region during the 2012-2013 period and will set priorities for FAO’s action for the next two years.
The Conference is taking place from today to Friday. It is being attended by Ministers of Agriculture, Environment and Social Development and Government representatives from thirty three Countries.