Goals and Objectives
To improve nutrition and health outcomes of CARICOM populations through an integrated, gender equal, environmentally sustainable systems approach to food availability and access, and food safety and quality.
- Improve nutrition and health outcomes of vulnerable segments (children and women) of the populations, through availability of foods that would increase intake of vegetables and fruits, decrease caloric intake and increase micronutrient intake.
- Develop food production systems based on agricultural diversification, conservation of water, and efficient use of land;
- Adapt international standards of food safety and quality for a healthy, market-oriented food supply chain in CARICOM countries;
- Increase the rate of technology adoption by small farmers experiencing common agricultural challenges;
- Expand and build human and institutional capacity to solve problems of food and nutrition insecurity in CARICOM countries.
EXPECTED PROJECT OUTCOMES
- Improved nutrition, particularly among children and women, through changes in school lunch programmes and nutrition education
- Change in consumer behaviour towards increased consumption of a diversified diet of vegetable and fruits, with implications for obesity and diet related diseases
- Agricultural diversification and improved water resources management leading to increased year-round supply of locally grown farm produce
- Identification of market imperfections and barriers to agricultural technology adoption in CARICOM countries
- Adoption of local and regional policies to improve food security through improved marketing structures
- Human and institutional capacity building in CARICOM to solve problems of food and nutrition insecurity.