What the hell does this have to do with Caribbean Agriculture?
Resilience refers to building tolerance to ”Shocks” of all kinds such as natural disasters, economic crises, market issues, political turmoil, climate change, wars and others. Households, Communities and Nations are the target groups for building resilience. Given our recurring problems with Hurricanes and floods as well as high food prices there is relevance here for our region.Tech4agri is live at IFPRI 2020 Policy Consultation and Conference: Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security.
This event marks the first time that representatives from the Caribbean and the Pacific have been invited. This means we small island developing states have a voice in the international sphere on the topic as our experiences can be shared with and we can learn from other stakeholders from developing countries.
I am proud to meet up with several representatives from the Caribbean Farmer’s Network, the Caribbean Rural Women producer’s organisation, the Agricultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean Media Cooperation and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute.
All you need to know on Resilience
Tech4agri will cover more relevant issues for you the reader in the next coming days. but in the mean time here is a quick message from Marcia MacNeil, Outreach Communications Specialist at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), with all the info you would need to follow the conference and learn:
Today, IFPRI and its 2020 Vision Initiative, along with partners, convene an international conference and policy consultation, “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Poor countries and vulnerable people are being hit by a barrage of economic, environmental, and political shocks. It is imperative that policymakers, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, researchers, and others work to strengthen their resilience to prepare for, cope with, and recover from these shocks.
This three-day conference, which was officially opened by H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, prime minister of Ethiopia and Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the African Union Commission, brings together more than 800 experts and practitioners from the food, nutrition, health, agriculture, humanitarian, and development sectors to assess emerging shocks to food and nutrition security, identify approaches to build resilience, and set priorities for action.
We welcome you to stay up to date with the discussion by browsing IFPRI’s latest 2020 conference papers and briefs, following stories on our 2020 conference blog and other blogs and media outlets, learning about resilience-building activities by key conference participants, and joining the conversation on Twitter at #2020resilience.
Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues and audiences. Following the conference, I will update you with links to presentations, videos of the expert speakers, and details on the conference outcomes.
Outreach Communications Specialist
International Food Policy Research Institute