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Cuba participates in the FAO Regional Conference - Escambrai

Cuba participates in the FAO Regional Conference – Escambrai

Cuba is one of 33 countries participating in this event, with the aim of evaluating and proposing policies aimed at a sustainable and efficient agricultural food system.

In the first session, the preamble to the meeting of senior officials, Cuba denounced the negative effects of the embargo. (Photo: PL)

Cuba has started its participation in the 37th Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which will be held on Monday in Ecuador.

The Greater Antilles is represented at the regional event by a delegation headed by the Minister of Agriculture, Yadale Perez, and also composed of Orlando Diaz, Director of International Relations, and Carlos Fidel Martin, Director of International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment.

It is also composed of Basilio Gutierrez, Cuba’s ambassador to Ecuador, and Juan Parra, economic and commercial attaché of that diplomatic mission.

The Cuban minister’s agenda began with meetings with ministers and senior UN representatives present at the event, including the FAO Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Julio Berdegui, in which both authorities ratified the validity of bilateral cooperation, described as historic.

Likewise, they endorsed the will to continue South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

Also, in the first session, the preamble to the Senior Officials Meeting, responsible for the International Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, denounced the negative effects of the economic, financial and trade embargo imposed by the United States for more than 60 years against the Caribbean country, limiting its development of agri-food plans.

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In addition to participating in working sessions, the Island Territory team will hold bilateral meetings and exchanges with diplomats and missions of the Cuban country with representation in Ecuador, as well as with Cubans residing in this South American country.

Cuba is one of 33 countries participating in the event, scheduled until April 1, with the aim of evaluating and proposing policies aimed at a sustainable and efficient agricultural food system.

The conference was also attended by authorities from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Granada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras and Jamaica. Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Dominican Republic.

Teams from Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela are also participating.

From Wednesday 30 March to Friday 1 April, delegates will address issues relevant to the region in terms of food sovereignty, healthy nutrition, family farming, and the impacts of climate change on the sector, among others.