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Enhancing resilience for food and nutrition security in small-island economies

May 15, 2014

Experts from Small Island Developing States and various ACP countries will gather at a special High-Level Panel on 15 May 2014 to discuss how to guarantee food and nutrition security for small-island economies through enhanced resilience.

Small islands are remote from large markets and vulnerable to economic and natural shocks. With too little investment and difficulties in attracting youth, their agricultural sectors are stagnant, while diets are shifting away from local and healthy foods resulting in an increasing prevalence of diabetes and cardio-vascular problems.

This event is being held as part of IFPRI’s global conference ‘Building resilience for food and nutrition security’ which takes place from 15-17 May 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Organised by CTA and UN-OHRLLS, will formulate proposals to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa, September 2014, on two common food and nutrition problems: how can indigenous knowledge and a revival of traditional foods help address the widespread problem of nutrition-related diseases; and what are the best practices in linking agriculture, health and tourism to create employment, reduce food imports and add value to local and regional trade. Special attention will also be given to smart Public-Private-Partnerships.

Speakers at this High-Level Panel include Jethro Greene, Chief Coordinator, Caribbean Farmers Network; Gibson Susumu, Food Security Expert, Secretariat of the Pacific Community; and Guyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS.

Coverage of the discussions will be provided by a group of ten social reporters from the Pacific and Caribbean who are being supported at IFPRI’s conference by CTA. They will undertake a social reporting training course and put their newly acquired skills into practice throughout the event.

To highlight the challenges facing SIDS, CTA has published an infographic, which can be downloaded here.

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