“By importing so much food, small island developing states - SIDS - are basically exporting jobs”. This was the message of CTA Director Michael Hailu at the recently held Brussels Briefing on “Agribusiness development in SIDS: the potential of tourism-related markets”. The Briefing delivered a strong impetus for the strengthening of linkages between local agri-food and tourism sectors, in order to support sustainable economic development and employment, and reduce the dependence on cheap imported foods which has led to dangerous rates of non-communicable diseases in many SIDS.
The Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP) is a network of women processors/producers working together to improve the economic, social and environmental status of women farmers, their families, communities and the Caribbean region. GRENROP is the Grenada chapter of CANROP, representing rural women there. One of GRENROP's members is Bernadette, whose story is an inspirational example of the way certain traditional crops are helping to secure an adequate nutrition today in the Caribbean.
Each year, millions of people fall sick as a result of eating unsafe food. Many of them die. More than 200 diseases are spread through food or water contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins and chemicals. Food safety, nutrition and food security are inextricably linked, and can further worsen the health status of those who are already malnourished.