Food security investigation needs serious attention, says governance reformer – Eye Witness News

Nassau, Bahamas — The recent Food Security and Livelihoods Survey launched by CARICOM highlights the serious level of attention needed to address the country’s food security problem, according to Governance Reformer yesterday. .

Hubert Edwards, head of the Economic Development Committee of the Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG), described the issue as a matter of national security.

“The recent Caribbean Food Security and Livelihoods Survey, published by CARICOM, provides very useful insights for the Bahamas, which are being treated as important markers and are being actively pursued in a more robust way by policy makers. It should be thoroughly investigated,” he said.

“This study shows that domestic food security issues require a serious level of attention and draws attention to issues that should be considered from a policy perspective as they relate to vulnerable segments of the population. Food security is a national security issue that is a bit more complicated than just securing food. suggests.”

A recent United Nations World Food Program (WFP) study found that the impact of global inflation in the Bahamas this year has forced many Bahamians to eat less or skip meals. became clear.

A total of 734 Bahamians were surveyed in February and August, of whom 204 said they were worried they didn’t have enough food to eat, and 140 said they had gone a day without eating. In response, 166 said they had not eaten in the past 30 years. A day when I’m hungry but I don’t eat. The survey also noted that 206 people said they had to skip meals, and 241 said they ate less than they thought they would.

Mr Edwards said: Accessibility, including purchasing power. This includes adequate nutritious dietary intake. It is clear from the research that these three key factors are adversely affected.

“In addition to those who don’t eat food, the survey results show that those who respond eat a limited range of foods and are unable to eat healthy, nutritious foods, and this has negative consequences as well. Maybe, but it showed that I wasn’t eating more than I needed.”

Combined with reported coping strategies (reducing spending on non-food items such as health and education and using savings to meet food needs), he argues that these problems have significant social, economic and and the issue of human capabilities should be brought to the fore and brought to the attention of the authorities.

“The pandemic has revealed weaknesses in the country’s food security infrastructure, with research highlighting ‘self-sufficiency’, ‘increasing local agricultural production’, ‘adopting technology to ensure cheaper production’, etc.” provides anecdotal evidence that the problem of malnutrition remains an urgent policy challenge. There are aspects of the current information that require careful interpretation. Nevertheless, it becomes readily apparent that the sample of people responding to the survey is likely to fall into vulnerable segments or lower socioeconomic groups.

“Set in the context of the pandemic, it is expected that the results reported will be reflected in these groupings. This does not diminish the potency of the findings. , shows some consistency in either worsening incomes, adverse effects on food consumption, or the need for significant adjustments in purchasing patterns,” said Edwards.

He continues: Fear of disease; unemployment and reliance on savings – at some level, need to be carefully considered to ensure that the country fully understands the current problems and is responding accordingly. One thing is clear: these matters should not be ignored.

“Significantly, the lifestyle adjustments noted will have a negative impact on health and quality of life, and thus on the country’s productivity and increased government social support. So the question that should be asked is how representative the survey is for the total population, what initiatives and programs are in place, or need to be adjusted to address the indicator issues. And what work needs to be done to ensure that the proposed potential adverse impacts are efficiently addressed in the best interest of the country?” Food security investigation needs serious attention, says governance reformer – Eye Witness News

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