Category Archives: Food security

GUYANA: Flooding in some areas as rains continue in mid-July 2022

NewsRoom Guyana -15 July 2022

Flooding at Alness Village (July 15, 2022)

Some communities are reporting flooding as a result of persistent and heavy rainfall overnight.

Richard Bhola and his family woke up on Friday to their yard and lower flat submerged.

Bhola of Alness Village, East-Berbice Corentyne, spoke with the News Room and said

“Since the season started, I had about six floods, I lost a lot.     this is the sixth time he is experiencing flooding this year only. Continue reading

CARIBBEAN: David Jessop | Rapid action needed on food security

   June 12, 2022 |  Jamaica Gleaner

Could the threat of global food shortages finally unite Caricom? Will it cause member states to act together, making real the Caricom Single Market & Economy’s promise of effective regional cooperation and economic security?

These are questions that should be on every Caribbean citizen’s mind, as food and energy prices skyrocket globally, with worse forecast to come.

The causes of what will likely become a lengthy and pervasive crisis are multiple. At the start of 2022 food prices were already high because of pandemic-related supply chain problems, increasing input costs, and lower yields due to climate change.          Continue reading

UKRAINE: Russia is winning the economic war – and Putin is no closer to withdrawing troops

The perverse effects of sanctions means rising fuel and food costs for the rest of the world – and fears are growing of a humanitarian catastrophe. Sooner or later, a deal must be made
Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday.
‘The Kremlin thinks Russia’s threshold for economic pain is higher than the west’s, and it is probably right about that.’ Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Mikhail Metzel/AP

UKRAINE: Russia pummels eastern towns in bid to encircle Ukraine forces

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GUYANA: Food Insecurity: Guyanese skipping meals to beat high food prices – FAO Report

…FAO report says local food insecurity surpasses regional average

May 26, 2022- Kaieteur News – The Caribbean COVID-19 Food Security and Livelihoods Impact Survey which was launched by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to rapidly gather data on impacts to livelihoods, food security and access to markets has shown that Guyanese are adopting negative measures to cope with the ongoing difficulties associated with accessing food.

CARICOM study says Guyanese employing negative measures to deal with food insecurity

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GUYANA: The 2022 Floods: Lethem; other Rupununi areas severely flooded

EDITOR’s NOTE: The 2022 rainy season has now begun.  It usually starts in the interior regions and then moves towards the coastlands as the main rivers empty into the Atlantic Ocean. Region 5 has already been affected and in the following weeks other coastal regions will feel the effects of the increased rainfall.
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Flood waters from steadily rising rivers in neighbouring Brazil on Monday forced more than 50 persons in Lethem, the capital of  Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo), to evacuate their homes and seek refuge in now filled-to-capacity government shelters, a regional spokeswoman said.          Continue reading

Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 89 of the invasion – The Guardian

Map of Ukraine

Mon 23 May 2022 01.01 BST – THE GUARDIAN

Kyiv says it will not agree to a ceasefire that involves handing territory to Russia; Ukrainian president says up to 100 Ukrainians dying every day on eastern front

  • Ukraine has said it will not agree to any ceasefire deal that would involve handing over territory to Russia, as Moscow intensified its attack in the eastern Donbas region. “The war must end with the complete restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” said Ukraine’s presidential chief of staff, Andriy Yermak.            Continue reading

GUYANA: Agri-Investment Forum – Letter to Editor – By Eusi Kwayana

Dear Editor: — Letter By Eusi Kwayana – Submitted on May 19, 2022

Oily, newly rich Guyana has become a center of assembly for various bodies of state and private officials who wish to justify their activities in economic projects with popular appeal of wealth creation; even though some of them will aggravate the climate crisis in a region already highly vulnerable to climatic crisis.

Some months ago, there was the energy symposium at which the voices of perceptive Guyanese critics were repressed. Yesterday the Agri-Investment Forum opened in our capital city.

Unlike the menace posed by oil exploration and its hazards, agriculture is without a doubt population friendly.  If well planned with popular participation, it can be one of the most beneficial of economic activities.            Continue reading

GUYANA: Outcome Statement of the Agri-Investment Forum and Expo — May 19 to 21, 2022 

DPI Guyana – 21 May 2022

Caricom Headquarters
Georgetown. Guyana.

A representative group of CARICOM Heads of Government from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Montserrat and Trinidad and Tobago and other high-level representatives from The Bahamas, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and regional and international institutions met in Georgetown, Guyana at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on May 19 and 20, 2022 as participants in the “Agri-Investment Forum and Expo: Investing in Vision 25 by 2025”, organised by the Government of Guyana in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat.

The Group took the opportunity of the important and timely Forum to discuss the current grave global situation of the shortages and high prices of imported food; the shortage and increased prices of fertilizers and other agricultural inputs; and the severe problems affecting transportation and supply.        Continue reading

CARICOM – CANADA POLICY FORUM 2022 – 25 May 2022 : 11:00am – 12:30pm EST – Virtual Event

FLYER – CARICOM – CANADA POLICY FORUM 2022 – 25 May 2022 11 am

We wish to inform you that the CARICOM Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Ottawa in collaboration with the Canada-Caribbean Institute and the Latin America and Caribbean Study Group of the Canadian International Council will be hosting a Policy Forum on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, from 11:00am – 12:30pm (EST) via zoom platform under the theme “Shaping a New Partnership for Recovery and Resilience.” 

The Event Flyer is attached above for ease of reference.

Please note that there is no limitation on participation in this event. Participants can register using the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canada-caricom-shaping-a-new-partnership-for-recovery-and-resilience-tickets-331539442397

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