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Ambassador Byron Blake, Jamaica’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) has challenged international agricultural research and development institutions to do more to alleviate poverty among the least developed and developing countries of the world.
Ambassador Blake, who was addressing a G-77 luncheon at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday (Sept.13), charged representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), to pool their vast resources for the benefit of the roughly 1 billion of the world’s population faced with extreme poverty and hunger.
Addressing the role of the international community in delivering research and technology applications to enhance food availability and incomes of small farmers, he noted that, “the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) one – to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger – is not possible without very significant improvement in agriculture in the developing countries”.He further urged the international agricultural research institutions to find practical technical solutions for achieving the MDGs.
“The fastest and most cost effective way to increase real agricultural output and food availability for the poor is for the international community and international development finance institutions to turn their research and technology spotlight on applications to reduce weather-related and post harvest losses,” he stated.
Ambassador Blake, who co-chaired the luncheon with Shiro Sadoshima, Japan’s Deputy Director-General of the Economic Cooperation Bureau, is part of Jamaica’s high-level delegation to the 2005 World Summit and 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which got underway this morning (Sept.14) in New York City.
One of the issues up for discussion is the MDGs, which are forward-looking, quantifiable targets against which the UN hopes to measure progress in the fight against poverty. Endorsed by 189 nations in 2000, the MDGs represent international consensus on, and commitment to, the priorities for achieving sustainable development by 2015.
Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, will address the plenary session of the General Assembly on Thursday morning (Sept.15), where he will air issues of national concern and is also expected to speak at the closing session on Saturday (Sept.17) in his capacity as Chairman of the G-77 & China.