A recent survey showing that one in four Bahamians has eaten less since the onset of high inflation said the Economic Commissioner of the Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG), The Bahamas’ Food Security Issues indicates that a serious level of caution is required. Hubert Edwards of the development committee said yesterday.
Nassau Guardian Of the 734 Bahamians surveyed in February and August of this year, 204 had said they were worried they would not have enough food to eat.
“The pandemic has exposed weaknesses in the country’s food security infrastructure, and research has highlighted areas such as self-sufficiency, expanding local agricultural production, and adopting technology to ensure cheaper production,” Edwards said. It provides anecdotal evidence that the issue remains an urgent policy challenge.”
“There are aspects of the current information that need to be interpreted with great care. It’s easy to see that it’s high quality.”
In a social media post yesterday, Prime Minister Philip Davis referred to the struggle Bahamians seem to be facing over historically high inflation.
“For too long, the cost of living in the Bahamas has been too high. The overall rise in prices, coupled with the global inflation crisis, has made it more difficult than ever for Bahamians to pay their bills. We are helping the people of the Bahamian cope with this crisis in a number of ways, including reducing tariffs on many foods: eggs, poultry, flour, cheese, and many other foods. Tariffs on healthy vegetables have been significantly reduced or completely exempted Hire new price control enforcers We are supporting church feeding programs that reach millions of people We are spending more on social assistance than the country did in 2019 before the durian and COVID outbreak,” he said.
“We not only want to help the Bahamians through today’s crisis, but we also want to dramatically reduce our dependence on food imports so that we will never be in this position again. We are making a historic investment in security: we need to grow more of what we eat at home so we can eat less, eat healthier and open up many new opportunities. We have some very innovative programs that allow Bahamian entrepreneurs to understand the enormous potential of agriculture and fisheries, offer concessions and tax breaks, and even provide technical support.”
Mr Edwards said yesterday that food security is a matter of national security that goes beyond just ensuring the food we eat.
“The results of the survey suggest that the people sampled exhibit highly pronounced characteristics of food insecurity. We need to have availability, accessibility, including purchasing power, and availability, including adequate nutritious dietary intake,” he said.
“From the survey it is clear that these three key factors are adversely affected. reported coping strategies (reducing spending on non-food items such as health and education, saving money, etc.) used to meet food needs), these issues highlight important social, economic, and human capacity issues that are already known.”
Successive governments have pledged to address food insecurity in the Bahamas by increasing investment in agriculture and food production.
Yet each year, the Bahamas imports more than $1 billion worth of food.
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