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Friday, 04 September 2009

Jamaica: EC aid to boost local food production

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the European Commission (EC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU), on August 24th, committing euro 5.9 million  to a food facility initiative, in keeping with the Government's food security programme. The MoU was signed by Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; Head of the EC's Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Marco Mazzocchi Alemanni; and FAO representative to Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize, Dr. Dunstan Campbell. The signing took place at the Ministry in Kingston. The funds are being disbursed over a two-year period, with technical assistance from the FAO's local office. The agreement also forms part of the EU's 1 billion Euro, two-year assistance package being extended to African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and Latin American countries, to help cushion the impact of the global food crisis and to achieve food sovereignty. The programme aims to reduce poverty and enhance the country's food security, by assisting small farmers to increase their productivity and, by extension, position the country to counter challenges associated with rising food prices.
Source: Government of Jamaica