News Date: June 23 2016
UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — A new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged the Caribbean to boost efforts to prepare for increased drought, stating that climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the region.
The report says countries in the region must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other extreme weather-related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication.
The report, “Drought Characteristics and Management in the Caribbean” finds that the Caribbean faces significant challenges in terms of drought.
“Drought ranks as the single most common cause of severe food shortages in developing countries, so this is a key issue for Caribbean food security,” said Deep Ford, FAO Regional Coordinator in the Caribbean.