Upcoming Conference to Focus on Strengthening Agricultural Sector

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Friday 7th December, 2018-A five-day consultation on the introduction of new legislation to effectively manage and strengthen the agriculture sector will open next week.

The December 10-14 gathering is a collaboration of the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Barbuda affairs (MAFBA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The purpose of this consultation is to evaluate the existing legislation in the area of Agriculture, with a view to enhancing its sustainability, energy, food and water security and further advancing the climate change considerations in this area.

This will have significant impact on the way our key resources – namely, people, land and water are managed, and how renewable and/or alternative energy are utilized.

The interactive forum will provide an opportunity for the MAFBA to roll out its plans as it relates to the amendment of current legislation, for the FAO and its core partners UNEP, UNFCCC and the Commonwealth Secretariat to introduce its Law and Climate Change Toolkit and it will also allow Stakeholders to provide the necessary input in this aspect of the reform process.

The Opening Day of the meeting on 11th December, will take place at the Fisheries Division’s Conference Room and is expected to attract relevant department heads from across the public sector and other key stakeholders in the private and public sector, to whom the reform process is of concern.

Projects Coordinator within the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, Mr. Gregory Bailey has been meeting with key personnel in finalizing plans for this important meeting.