During the 7th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Director-General QU Dongyu said that Latin America and the Caribbean could be at the forefront of global food and agriculture when they step up to address increasing hunger and inequality rates in the region.
FAO signed several letters of intent to pursue projects in the region. Mr. Dongyu emphasized the importance of collective efforts towards regional and global integration and that CELAC has an important role to play in responding to current unprecedented and overlapping crises. This was seconded by President Alberto Fernández of Argentina in his opening remarks, saying that “it is much easier to achieve such results working together.”
According to Director General Dongyu, the integration through CELAC would facilitate key priority areas which include highlighting the need to expand food supply in the Caribbean, investing in water infrastructure and food production initiatives in Central America, improving food exchange between countries in the Andean region, and fostering a large regional programme of infrastructure for production, storage and transportation of food to facilitate intra-regional trade and exports.
He also noted that FAO can efficiently provide support for implementation of CELAC initiatives and goals of all Members if their concerns are made clear and the tangible and sustainable solutions agreed.
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