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FAO, IICA, WFP, ECLAC and PAHO join to eradicate hunger in Antigua and Barbuda in the next two years

FAO will support the government in implementing its policy on food and nutrition security.

FAO, IICA, WFP, ECLAC and PAHO join to eradicate hunger in Antigua and Barbuda in the next two years

FAO will support the government in implementing its policy on food and nutrition security.

Santiago, November 28th, 2012 - A joint FAO, IICA, PMA, ECLAC and PAHO/WHO mission visited Antigua and Barbuda with the aim of supporting the government in implementing its food security and nutrition policy.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, Antigua and Barbuda has a population of 90 000 people of whom 20 % suffer malnutrition and poverty. Raul Benitez, FAO's Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, said that: "It is possible to end hunger and extreme poverty in Antigua and Barbuda in a period of two years to the extent that all stakeholders join us in the pursuit of this goal".

This initiative is part of the Zero Hunger Challenge campaign, launched by Ban-ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, stating that, "in a world of abundance nobody should go hungry".

The joint mission will meet with the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Dr. Baldwin Spencer, plus various government authorities responsible for agriculture and the fight against hunger and extreme poverty.

Among these authorities, the mission will coordinate with Hilson Baptiste, Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and the Environment, which whom they will seek to agree on possible programs and technical assistance activities to the government towards the goal of achieving food and nutrition security for all of the country's inhabitants .

The mission will propose the creation of a Multi-sector Committee for the Eradication of Hunger, which will function to promote a legal and regulatory frameworks, as well as the necessary institutions to eradicate hunger in the islands. The Committee will integrate various actors of society, such as government agencies, the private sector, civil society, academics and parliamentarians.

FAO in Antigua and Barbuda

FAO, through a regional project, is supporting nine Caribbean countries in formulating policies on food security and nutrition.

In this context, a letter of intent was signed between FAO, IICA and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to work together to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty in the country.

To this end, a two year action plan will be created, which is expected to be completed in late 2014.

Under this agreement, other UN agencies, such as UNDP and UNICEF could collaborate t eradicating hunger and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.