2 July 2020. The 13th FAO regional COVID-19 webinar, “Private Sector Investment in Agriculture and Fisheries: The Preparation and the Pay-Off”, co-organized with the CARICOM Secretariat focused on public policies, legal frameworks and innovative ways of expanding private sector investment in agriculture.
The economic impact of COVID-19 has imposed the need for urgent investments in food systems, agriculture and fisheries, especially with the drop in tourism in Caribbean countries. New approaches to public investment are needed to accelerate recovery efforts, and the private sector has a fundamental role to play in this recovery, in particular as a booster of innovation and productivity.
Public-private partnership experiences in agriculture can be helpful to identify the major challenges in order to join public and private resources for an inclusive recovery and a sustainable development of agrifood systems.
- Jose Alpuche, CEO, Ministry of Agriculture, Belize
- Diane Edwards, President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO)
- Keith Flett, Managing Co-Founder, One Skip, LLC
- Ralph Birkhoff, CEO Alquimi Renewables
- Joseph Cox, Assistant Secretary General for Trade and Economic Integration in CARICOM
- Luther St Ville, Senior Operations Officer (Agriculture), CDB
- Minister Michael Pintard, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources. The Bahamas
- Jeremy Stephen, Economist
- Moderator: Shaun Baugh, Agriculture Programme Manager, CARICOM Secretariat
This initiative led by the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean is part of the agreement made between 11 international organizations present in the region to coordinate their actions and provide technical support to governments in order to keep agri-food trade alive, expand social protection systems, reach common sanitary and phytosanitary standards, and increase intraregional trade.
FAO together with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) have launched a weekly newsletter Analysis and responses of Latin America and the Caribbean to the effects of COVID-19 on food systems, and have a web portal updated with the most relevant information worldwide on the pandemic.
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