Georgetown, Guyana – (June 16, 2016) Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Noel Holder will be attending the First International Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities on Sustainable Agriculture for the Strengthening of Food and Nutrition Security in Lima, Peru from June 22-23.

Cabinet, on June 7, granted its approval for Guyana’s participation following an invitation from Peru’s Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Honourable Juan Manuel Benites Ramos.

The meeting will be addressing a number of issues under the sub-headings the “International vision for global phenomena or trends related to agriculture and rural life’ and the ‘adoption of medium and long-term policies, enabling each country to achieve its development goals’. This includes promoting sustainable agriculture and further strengthening food and nutrition supply in Latin America and the Caribbean by adopting and exchanging information on policies developed by participating countries and facilitating agreements between member state countries to further fight against poverty, eradication of hunger, reduction of environmental impacts and the promotion of socio economic development opportunities for developing nations.

The main issues to be discussed are grouped within the following thematic areas: design of policies to promote sustainable agriculture, identify opportunities for south-south cooperation between countries in the region, identify synergies and joint actions among multilateral agencies and international non-governmental organisations and climate change-risk and opportunities for agriculture.

It is expected that at the end of the meeting, guidelines and recommendations for the design of policies to promote more sustainable agriculture will be identified, as well as opportunities for the cooperation between countries in the region.

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