FAO strengthens collaboration with Guyana

first_imgIn his first official visit to Guyana, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Julio A. Berdegué, stated that his visit to the country is an indication of the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO’s) commitment to strengthening its collaboration with Guyana and working along with the Guyana Government to improve our agricultural sector.Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Julio A. BerdeguéDr Berdegué indicated there are several reasons why the FAO intends to heighten its presence and relations with Guyana, chief among them being the recognition of Guyana’s potential as a food-producing magnate, and how it could help in curbing the growing food importation bill of the Caribbean Region.“Right now, the Caribbean is spending [$943 billion] US$4.5 billion each year, to buy food that it could be growing in the sub-region. Guyana is a fundamental part of the solution to this problem. Few other countries in the Caribbean, if any, have the production potential of Guyana. We are here to help the Government of Guyana, the farmers, the private sector, civil society to modernise this largely untapped potential, because it is critical not only to the benefit of this country, but for the welfare of the whole Caribbean region,” he said.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Dr. Berdegué also indicated that the FAO’s goal is gearing the country and the Caribbean region towards eating healthier foods, as the issue of obesity and overweight affects more than 50 per cent of the Guyanese population.FAO Representative for Guyana, Gillian Smith“It’s not just about producing food, we need to make sure we are producing healthy foods for healthy diets. Because another thing which is literally killing the Caribbean population, the main source of death today in the Caribbean, are diseases associated with a runaway epidemic of overweight and obesity,” he continued. “Forty-nine per cent of the population of Guyana is overweight, 20 per cent of the population of this country is obese.”He used these statistics to highlight that while it is important to increase production, it is also essential that we are producing healthy foods which can help to nourish the population.He noted that our ability to produce these foods may be under threat due to the imposing effects of climate change. He explained that according to studies, by the year 2030, fifty per cent of the surface area of the Caribbean and Latin America will reach the critical threshold of 1.5 degrees higher temperature. As such, the FAO is committed to working with the Government of Guyana, the University of Guyana, and the Private Sector to find and implement real solutions to the threats faced by climate change.Meanwhile, FAO Representative for Guyana, Gillian Smith, explained that the organisation is working at the grassroots level to aid farmers in their production practices.“FAO is working with farmers particularly in the area of building their resilience, their resilience to climate change. Even with the production levels that we have, one of the things that we really want to work on is how to maintain and improve those, looking at climate-smart agricultural practices,” Smith said.The Government has been working on these climate smart agricultural practices. For example, in the community of Paruima — an Indigenous farming village in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni area of Guyana which was the beneficiary of a new shade house facility, a cassava seed bank, as well as training and support in climate-smart agricultural practices.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: AILEEN MCGILL WINS CONVOY LADIES YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

first_imgIt was 3rd time lucky for our annual awards presentation night for the 2015 season last night 🙂 Unfortunately we had to cancel our dinner dance twice early this year, but a great night was had by all in Breen’s Bar Convoy last night as the club handed out the awards for the 2015 season.Thanks to those who attended last night and a big congratulations to all our winners 🙂Ladies AwardsSenior Player of the Year – Kelly Wilson & Cathy Deward (joint winners)Junior Player of the Year – Margaret BonnerYoung Player of the Year – Aileen McGillMost Improved Player of the Year – Eilish McCaffrey Senior Mens Team AwardsPlayer of the Year – James KeeMost Dedicated Player of the Year – Shaun Browne & Liam Prunty (joint winners)Reserve Mens Team AwardsPlayer of the Year – Kieran DohertyYoung Player of the Year – Anthony Bogle & Darren BonnerClub Person of the Year – Patrick GallagherCounty Panel Recognition AwardsU21B All Ireland Winner & Senior Ulster Title 2015 – Ciara GallagherMinor Panel 2015- Aileen McGill, GAA NEWS: AILEEN MCGILL WINS CONVOY LADIES YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: April 25th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convoyGAASportlast_img read more