Cuba’s efforts for food safety highlighted in Rome

Rome, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s efforts to maintain food safety and to implement Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), amidst considerable adversities, has been highlighted by the Cuban ambassador, Jose Carlos Rodriguez.

The Permanent Representative for Cuba and Acting Governor to the International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD) delivered a speech during the 43rd session of the Administration Council of the United Nations body, being held in Rome, focused on seeking solutions to eradicate famine in the world by 2030.

Food safety is a key factor for Cuba’s national security, said the diplomat, who added that agriculture, like the rest of the country’s economy, ‘is being made accessible to foreign investment, which we consider strategic.’

Rodriguez informed the IFAD in his 2019 speech that it was a ‘heavy year for the country’s economy,’ mainly due to the worsening of the restrictive measures imposed by the US blockade against Cuba.

He said that as a result, the damages to the Food and Agricultural Industries rose to 413 million 793 thousand dollars, meaning an increase by 66 million 195 thousand dollars compared to the previous year, with serious impact on agriculture and food production.

Rodriguez went on to speak of how Cuba is working to achieve the SDG, which aligns with Cuba’s National Economic and Social Development Plan.

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