The National Food and Nutrition Security Policy Action Plan for Antigua and Barbuda was launched on December 5, during a brief ceremony at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) approved a project on Food and Nutrition Security Information and Early Warning Systems for six member states in the Caribbean Community, including Antigua and Barbuda.
Among those attending Wednesday’s launch was Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, Minister of Agriculture Hilson Baptiste, Minister of State Chanlah Codrington, FAO Sub Regional Officer for the Caribbean Dr. Vincent Little and National Food and Nutrition Security Policy launched senior technicians from the public sector.
Dr. Little defined food security, saying it exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. “ I pledge my support to the team, and I want to thank especially Ms. Juanita James, chief nutrition officer, for seeing the plan to completion,” Minister Baptiste said.
The minister said he is committed to ensuring “that good, wholesome, nutritious food is available, at all times, for consumption, at the best price.”