The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) joins the international community in commemorating World Food Day, 2018. This year’s theme “Our actions are our future. A #ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible.” puts into focus the need for us to step up our collective efforts in addressing the issues of hunger, malnutrition, undernutrition and obesity which are on the rise. According, to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) the world produces enough food to feed everyone, yet one person in nine suffers from chronic hunger.
The agriculture sector, holds the key to improving the health and nutrition of the peoples across the Region. As a key stakeholder, CARDI stands ready and willing to partner with all entities towards taking bold action for developing a productive and resilient agriculture sector. We have begun working to strengthen agricultural value chains for traditional commodities such as coconuts, sweet potatoes and cassava. Climate resilience, one of the pillars of CARDI’s research and development agenda is focused on developing drought resistant varieties and climate smart systems.