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St. Lucia Marks World Food Day 2003

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Contact: John Emmanuel

Thursday, October 16, 2003 - As another World Food Day observance takes place today, Thursday, October 16, 2003, the St. Lucian population has been called upon to pursue a path that leads to meaningful economic diversification, particularly in the rural communities.

The call came from Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senator Hon. Calixte George, who emphasised the intricate link between economic growth and the export competitiveness of the productive sector. “As part of the process we must network to achieve three essential elements of economic and social development; food security, sustainable agriculture and increased rural prosperity,” Minister George said.

In recent times, specific problems directed at alleviating poverty have been formulated. One such endeavour is the Poverty Reduction Fund. Minister George spoke of other programmes instituted by government designed to tackle the aspect of poverty reduction, like the Basic Needs Trust Fund, the School Feeding Programme, the Short Term Employment Programme and other farmer assistance initiatives like the Banana Industry Trust and the Banana Emergency Recovery Unit.

The Agriculture Minister lamented the fact that although advances in the field of science and technology has allowed for more food production than ever before, some 860 million people in the developing world continue to suffer from a lack of adequate food supplies

The theme for today’s celebration - “Working Together for an International Alliance Against Hunger” - will be portrayed in various ways including exhibitions and discussions.

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