October,14,2022 | News

World Food Day 2022 – CARDI remains committed to leaving no one behind. Press Release

World Food Day 2022 – CARDI remains committed to leaving no one behind.


The Caribbean is one of the most food dependent regions in the world. With an annual food import bill estimated at USD 5 billion and climbing, much of the data is pointing to the fact that the Region is operating below its potential to feed itself. The global economic downturn, low productivity, animal and plant pests and diseases, heightened food prices, increased frequency and intensity of natural hazards, climate variability and extremes compounded by the fallout from the COVID- 19 pandemic and the Russia/Ukraine conflict continue to undermine the achievement of food security targets in the Region.


Disrupted food supply chains have forced the transaction cost of goods up leaving many without the means to access or afford healthy food. The fourth round of the CARICOM Caribbean COVID- 19 Food Security and Livelihoods Impact survey revealed that 2.75 million people (39%) out of 7.1 million in the English-speaking Caribbean are in fact, food insecure. Choosing cheaper unhealthier meals, using savings to put food on the table and going without meals for extended periods of time are some of the negative coping strategies people have resorted to.


On the occasion of World Food Day 2022, the Institute remains committed to working together to leave no one behind. We hold the view that every person must have access to nutritious, safe and affordable food, says Executive Director, Ansari Hosein.


To achieve this, we will continue to leverage our partnerships and pursue projects and other initiatives that will provide the science based solutions needed to transform and reposition Caribbean agriculture. For the new Strategic Period, beginning in 2023 emphasis will be placed on improving the productivity and utilization of local commodities, climate proofing and building resilience, harnessing digital technologies, increasing youth involvement, knowledge generation and information sharing.


Together, we can build a productive, sustainable and resilient food system that will ensure we achieve our short term and long term food and nutrition security targets, concluded Hosein.

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