Category Archives: Food security

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

Guyanese Diaspora Digest Publications -13th Edition 2022

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CARIBBEAN | The destabilising impact of a distant conflict – By David Jessop

— David Jessop – May 1, 2022

Earlier this month at a conference on Caribbean security, Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Motley spoke about the consequences of the war in Ukraine and the now unavoidable impact it will have on the cost of food, energy, fertiliser and transport.

The region’s leaders, she said, must explain to their citizens the need to prepare for what may lie ahead. Warning that over time a “culture of contentment” had beset the Caribbean people, PM Mottley said the region’s citizens must now be “better prepared for the present” and that the countries of the Caribbean must brace for the impact the conflict will have on prices and access to commodities.

Behind her carefully chosen words is the awareness that a seemingly distant war may have a socially destabilising dimension.          Continue reading

GUYANA promotes agriculture; fends off protectionism charge in oil diversification — By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

“Oil “don’t spoil,” the late Dr. Eric Williams, prime minister of petroleum-rich Trinidad and Tobago, was reported to have once said. To which the late Forbes Burnham, then prime minister of agriculture-oriented Guyana, retorted, “But you can’t eat it.”

What happens when you have both oil and food? Lots of headache.

Tension between the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations has existed for decades, even though Trinidad and Tobago once wrote off a US$400 million debt Guyana owed for petroleum products, according to former Guyana Parliament Speaker Ralph Ramkarran.

Many Guyanese traveled to other CARICOM countries to live and work in the 1970s and 1980s, “creating monumental chaos” during transit at Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport “with huge bundles packed with goods being brought back to Guyana for trading,” Ramkarran wrote in a Guyanese Online column.“ No single Guyanese passing through Trinidad during this era, and even much later, has not experienced surly, enhanced scrutiny and less than accommodating reception at Trinidad’s Immigration and Customs desks.”          Continue reading

GUYANA: Agriculture: 20 wheat varieties to be tested locally – Minister Mustapha

Wheat field

Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha, M.P, said Government will commence the first trial of 20 wheat varieties before the end of May, as an effort to further diversify Guyana’s food sector.

Cultivation for the initial trial phase is expected to begin at the Burma Rice Research Station, Region Five and the project will be led by scientist, Dr. Mahendra Persaud.

President Irfaan Ali recently announced government’s plan to explore the possibility of sourcing a variety of wheat for local production. The Head of State said the government is unwavering in its quest to build a Guyana that is resilient, and meets not only its national responsibility, but plays an important role in its global responsibility.            Continue reading

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