St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The development and implementation of various strategies to protect the region from invasive species and pests is necessary to increase food security.
That was discussed in a two-day consultation with regional food security stakeholders on improving plant health from April 25th to the 26th.
Stakeholders in agriculture reviewed the methodology for Technical Working Groups (TWGs) that deal with emergency response, communications, biological elements and security initiatives concerning the agriculture sector.
Other purposes of the conference included setting an agenda for the upcoming 10th annual Caribbean Plant Health Directors’ Forum Meeting which focuses on the protection of plant resources to ensure food security in the Caribbean, and providing more information about the University of the West Indies’ Regional Plant Quarantine Training course that will be offered on their St. Augustine campus in Trinidad.
The meeting was organized by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services and the Greater Caribbean Safeguarding Initiative in collaboration with numerous organizations including CARICOM, the OECS, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture.