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Food

Guyana to ask Suriname to explain treatment of arrested Guyanese fishermen

President Irfaan Ali on Thursday said the Suriname government would be formally asked to explain why a number of detained Guyanese fishermen have been prevented from speaking with their lawyers. Minutes after he was briefed by Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Hugh Todd that lawyers, who were hired by the Guyana Embassy in Suriname, were prohibited from seeing the detainees, Dr ...

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Guyana records “medium” severe child food poverty

Twenty percent of children in Guyana are living in severe food poverty because they are being fed 0 to 2 food groups per day, according to a just released global report on the subject by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The report titled “Child Food Poverty: Addressing nutrition deprivation in early childhood 2024” explains that the prevalence of severe ...

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Guyana gearing up to export more prawns

Guyana is preparing to boost the production of Vannamei prawns for export, with financing from US$100 million that have been set aside by a Trinidad-headquartered bank to develop agriculture in the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Agriculture Minister, Zulfikar Mustapha has said. He said the aim is to produce 3,960 tonnes of prawns annually for export to the United States and ...

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Guyana to cut some agri imports, save US$150 million yearly

Guyana intends to produce more than 60 percent of its onion needs, in addition to corn, soya, feed, black-eyed peas and red beans and so save the country more than US$150 million annually in foreign exchange, President Irfaan Ali said Wednesday. “We have experimented with onion production. We have proven, now, that we have the right mix of soil,” he ...

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Despite modest improvements 3 million people in English-, Dutch-speaking Caribbean still face food insecurity

BRIDGETOWN – A recent study has found that despite modest improvements on last year, food insecurity in the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean remains persistently higher than pre-pandemic levels, driven by the cost-of-living crisis, global economic volatility and the lingering impacts of the pandemic. The Caribbean Food Security and Livelihoods Survey, carried out jointly by the United Nations World Food Programme ...

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Caribbean Investment Forum to focus on three platforms

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has crafted a strategy to attract investment in three key areas at the Caribbean Investment Forum (CIF) to be held in Guyana later this year, a top official said Wednesday. Caribbean Export’s Executive Director, Deodat Maharaj said the event slated for July 10-12, 2024 at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown ...

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Cassava rushed to drought-stricken Rupununi; opposition flays govt for water shortage

Two weeks after the opposition coalition of A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance F0r Change (APNU+AFC) returned from an outreach to the Rupununi and raised concerns about a severe water shortage, President Irfaan Ali on Friday announced that government was rushing large quantities of cassava to the drought-stricken region. “We brought in 500,000 pounds of cassava . It went to Deep ...

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US-funded programme launched to support Guyanese, other Caribbean farmers, build food security

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday officially launched the Caribbean Agricultural Productivity Improvement Activity (CAPA), a programme that aims at increasing food security efforts, while strengthening the livelihoods of farmers locally. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed by UG’s Vice Chancellor, and Improving Economies for Stronger Communities (IESC) CAPA’s Programme Director, Sandford Edwards, to ...

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CDB funds food traceability system in Guyana to boost exports

November 20, 2023 – BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: To further its mission to promote sustainable agriculture and enhance food production, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant of USD280,906 to implement a food traceability system in Guyana designed to boost the export of leafy greens and pineapples. The pilot will lay the foundation for a traceability system throughout the agro-food ...

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Drought major reason for spike in ‘greens’ prices

President Irfaan Ali on Monday said sharp increase in fruits and vegetables was due to the prolonged drought that has damaged and destroyed produce, prompting government to attempt the cushion the impact of the dry season by providing fertiliser to farmers and cash grants to thousands of Guyanese. “Our famers are faced with a prolonged dry season- drought conditions. Yield ...

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