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CARICOM Leaders Address Agricultural and Climate Issues Affecting the Region

The past three days saw quite a number of discussions take place among CARICOM leaders and SICA Representatives. Among those discussions was the issue of food security and agriculture. Prime Minister John Briceno spoke on this discussion and explained that the Ministers of Agriculture of the member states have already began taking stock of what each country has to offer with an aim to have some collaboration towards better food security and trade.

Prime Minister for Barbados, Mia Mottley, spoke on the 25 by 5 goal by CARICOM that seeks to reduce the countries’ food import bill by twenty five percent within the next five years. According to PM Mottley, it is a goal being taken seriously and that there should be progress to report at a meeting in May at a conference in Guyana.

Another topic on the agenda was climate change. It is a phenomenon that is affecting the Caribbean region. Prime Minister Briceno spoke on this issue saying that the funds are out there for mitigation projects, but it is not so easily accessible.

The thirty-third Intersessional Meeting of the Caribbean Community ended on Wednesday evening.