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Monday, 14 December 2015

FAO Pushing For Mature Governance From CARICOM States

The ongoing failure of CARICOM countries to reap the full benefits of aid programmes, because of disruptions whenever there is a change of administration, is now a matter of serious concern for at least one international funding agency - the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. (...) "We have to mature our governance structures, we have to grow political parties that talk to each other, we have to grow ministers in the same political party that talk to each other," Dr Deep Ford, FAO coordinator for the Caribbean, told The Gleaner recently. (...) Ford, who attended the inaugural Caribbean Pacific Agri-Food Forum in Barbados where he is based, told The Gleaner that in its effort to promote "mature governance", the FAO would be looking to a new model in respect of how it engages with these countries. "So this is one of the aspects of governance that we are promoting: it's called building parliamentary fronts. This is very carefully chosen because we are not talking about the political party. It's not a political front; we are talking about the government on both sides of the aisle, so that when we sign people on to work with us, we want to sign on the minister of agriculture and the shadow minister of agriculture; the minister of education and the shadow minister of education," he said.

Source: The Gleaner