Saint Lucian youth on international panel in Rome

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Saint Lucian youth on international panel in Rome

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PRESS RELEASE – A young Saint Lucian, Kareem Larcher, part of the winning team for the 2014 Caribbean-wide Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition, is currently in Rome, Italy serving a panelist at the Youth for Food Security and Nutrition Idea Incubator event.

The event is scheduled to take place on October 12th from 5:30 – 7:00pm, during the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) plenary session which runs from October 12 -16th, 2015 at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

In order to face the food security and nutrition challenges of the future including feeding the estimated 9 billion people by 2050 with adequate, safe, diversified, and nutrient rich food, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the foremost inclusive decision-making body on food security and nutrition, took up the issue of developing knowledge, skills and talent of youth.

Approximately 90 percent of young people (age 15 – 24) live in developing countries where agriculture employs as much as 60 percent of the labour force and yet the majority of youth do not currently see agriculture as a viable career path given low productivity rates and the difficulties faced by generations before them.

Mr. Larcher was selected to be a panelist as a result of his team’s success at capturing the first-place prize at the CTA/CCST/NIHERST – led 2nd Caribbean-wide Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition in 2014.  His teammate, Jelani Paul who is currently pursuing studies in the United States was unable to attend the event.

Mr. Larcher was selected by The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) to be their representative for the Caribbean region to make use of his expertise in reviewing innovative ideas for food security and nutrition; and for successfully executing transformative change.

During the event, each panellist will be invited to provide feedback and respond to questions from youth ‘pitchers’. The objective of the event is to facilitate capacity development of youth through feedback from an expert panel on their proposals to address food security and nutrition, and to enhance networking opportunities for youth with key stakeholders. Encouraging youth to be agents of change in their communities is integral to achieving food and nutrition security.

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  1. Positive direction Mr. Larcher. On your return, please host an assembly for young aspiring business men in agriculture and food production advising them of ways they could develop new businesses based on areas which are lacking. We have such great demand for food and food production in little St.Lucia yet still we have the land going to waste and employment on the rise. We have qualified intelligent young men like Mr. larches who now needs to direct persons to make use of the land. Why can't we use the influence of the Taiwanese presence and experience to be self sufficient or at a least to produce enough to create employment? Why has the government turned their backs on agriculture when this is the industry which saw most of our aspiring politicians and professionals obtain a university education. Mr. Larcher, I challenge you that upon your return you do something to become a credit to your profession.

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