Posted On: Wednesday, 06 June 2012 Last Updated: Wednesday, 06 June 2012
Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Wednesday 6th June 2012) -St. Kitts and Nevis Washington-based Permanent Representative, Ambassador Jacinth Henry-Martin was among representatives from member countries of the OAS meeting in Bolivia recently where she underscored the need for action to improve food security in the Americas.
This was the consensus coming out of the second plenary of the Forty-Second OAS General Assembly. The plenary ran from Monday into Tuesday of this week.
It is the view of Ambassador Henry-Martin that because of the impact of natural disasters on food production, St. Kitts and Nevis needed to seek international help to manage and mitigate the risks caused by natural disasters.
Even amidst the growing uncertainty in the global food market characterized by natural disasters, reliance on biofuels, and escalating food prices, this hemisphere has been able to feed itself, she noted.
Ambassador Henry-Martin added that dialogue among the nations of the Americas should be the way to reconcile differences.
“There is no cost whatsoever but, to the contrary, it is always worth the cost of investing in peace,” she said.
The heads of delegation of Haiti, Nicaragua, United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Honduras, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Grenada gave an overview of existing obstacles to food security, noting steps taken by their countries to combat malnutrition and chronic hunger.
Haiti’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Lamothe, thanked the countries of the region for helping his country deal with the devastating effects of the earthquake that struck in January 2010. After a massive effort, he said, “we are now beginning to sense a new breath of life in Haiti. The government that I am honoured to lead has set itself a basic priority of fighting extreme poverty.”