Food donation for three – Barbados Today
Three local organizations are now in a better position to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to their members over the next few days as the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has partnered with the Food and Agriculture Organization. agriculture (FAO) to donate Friday.
The contribution of several kilos of fruit and vegetables was made to the Child Care Board as well as to two non-governmental organizations, the Barbados Alliance to End Homelessness and Street Lamp Ministries. The presentation took place at the Graeme Hall of the Department of Agriculture, headquarters of Christ Church.
It happened a day before World Food Day 2021, which is celebrated under the theme Our actions are our future – Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life.
Addressing the brief ceremony, Agriculture and Food Security Minister Indar Weir said his ministry is committed to making food and nutrition security a reality for all in Barbados.
He said it was for this reason that his ministry had started working on a number of initiatives with several partners and stakeholders.
“In Barbados and certainly in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, we are committed to doing our part on the global agenda. In this spirit, we are strengthening our links with our partners like FAO and forging new ones to ensure that the right of every Barbadian to safe and nutritious food is respected, ”Weir said.
Stating that the food donation was an initiative on which the ministry and FAO were in partnership, the minister said that in addition to sharing planting material and produce with schools, churches, individuals and NGOs to promoting food and nutrition security and advancing interest in agriculture, his ministry was also “active” in providing technical assistance to many causes through its extension services.
Highlighting this year’s theme for World Food Day, high levels of food insecurity globally and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to end hunger by 2030, Weir said there was a growing need for collaboration.
“Our current global battle against the dreaded COVID-19 virus, the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano, an abnormal storm and the passage of Hurricane Elsa, have all, through their disruption of our lives, forced a careful examination of the complexity of agri-food systems, ”he said.
“We must therefore ask the question of how to increase food security in an environment where water availability is limited,” he said.
The agriculture minister said his ministry was working with the Barbados Agricultural and Marketing Corporation to embark on a water increase program, which will provide an irrigation supply to farmers to increase agricultural production.
Speaking on behalf of FAO, national program consultant Stephen Alleyne said the organization was delighted to partner with the ministry on the program.
He said FAO is also hosting a number of other initiatives in the region to celebrate World Food Day 2021.