Friday 4 December, 2020

You can finally learn how to improve food security in YOUR community

COVID-19 has unleashed a global health pandemic and economic crisis, posing unprecedented challenges for global food systems and particularly among the most vulnerable countries in the world.

In the Caribbean, where up to 90 per cent of all food consumed originates from the United States, the pandemic has opened our eyes to just how vulnerable we are to US supply shocks, how dependent we are on extra-regional tourism and how underdeveloped our own food systems are.

Throughout the crisis, there have been webinars and panels focusing on these issues, with respected theoreticians and economists discussing the latest theories around food security and agricultural economics. For those in the community who are interested, or perhaps in the know, these virtual events are a source of knowledge enrichment, but let's face it... No one ever follows up with any action.

Perhaps for the first time since COVID-19 rocked the world, this is about to change... 

Mission:FoodPossible, the hunger charity that Forbes called "possibly the answer to the world's hunger problem", is teaming up with a group of respected activists who have had great success in making a change in their own Caribbean communities from the perspective of food security.

The webinar, a first of its kind, promises "to cut through all of the ‘talk’ and theoretical jargon to provide solid examples and recommendations on how each sector in society can work individually and collectively to deal with the Caribbean food crisis that has been exacerbated by the COVID-­19 pandemic."

Whether you are a parent, a school teacher, a chef, a woman, a child, a farmer, an adolescent or a business owner... there will be something here for you... and for those who don't fully understand how food insecurity works, especially in the context of the Caribbean... this webinar will break that down as well.

The event, aptly entitled “Mobilizing Change at a Grass Roots Level to Improve Food Security in the Caribbean” takes place tomorrow: Wednesday July 15 from 1 pm to 3 pm for those in the Northern Caribbean (Cayman Islands and Jamaica) and from 2 pm to 4 pm for those in the Southern Caribbean as well as Miami and New York.

The feature presentations and star-studded line up are as follows:

“How the public and the private sector can work together to drive change at a grassroots level”
Minister Floyd Green, State Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture  and  Fisheries  (Jamaica)

“The role of chefs in fighting food insecurity in light of COVID-­19”
Peter Ivey, Founder, M:FP “Getting the youth to take their place in agriculture”

“Grow it| Eat it| Live it: Caribbean foods nourishing our communities”
Professor T. Alafia Samuels, Principal Investigator, Improving Household Nutrition Security and Public Health in CARICOM, Food and Nutrition (FaN) Project, UWI, Barbados  

“How the definition of food security has changed since COVID-­‐19”
Daphne Ewing-­‐Chow, Head of Content, Loop Cayman and Senior Contributor, Forbes

“Rural Women – the invisible change agents in the food security crisis in St. Lucia”
Keithlin Caroo, Founder/ President, Helen’s Daughters, St. Lucia

Getting the youth to take their place in agriculture”
Alpha Sennon, Founder/ Executive Director, WHYFARM, Trinidad

There will also be a cooking segment at the end, coordinated by chefs, Patrice Harris Henry and Peter Ivey of The Reggae Chefs, using some of Jamaica's MVPs or Most Valuable Produce, to show how, by doing something as simple as cooking we can help to strengthen the food security of our own communities.

Those wishing to participate can view the event at one of the following channels: Facebook livestreams will be run @peteriveyofficial, @loopjamaica and @loopcayman or the zoom session can be accessed at zoom webinar ID: 817 7680 9752.

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