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Guyana is extremely susceptible to a number of hydro meteorological, biological and technological hazards. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction ranks Guyana 13 out of 162 countries for flood risk and reported that 0.69 percent and 0.42 percent of its population and GDP respectively are exposed to the effects of flooding. The high concentration of human and economic assets within the low lying Coastal Plain, high intensity seasonal rainfall, the complex network of drainage and irrigation canals of varying structural integrity, and the low priority ascribed to risk reduction are principal socio-political and biophysical factors responsible for these…
Eradication of Hunger and Improving Food and Nutrition Security "All people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life." This definition of food and nutrition security, from the 1996 World Food Summit, embodies four major pillars food availability, food accessibility, food consumption and stability of the first three pillars.
Following the sharp rise in global hunger, which resulted from the food price crisis of 2007-08 and the economic downturn of 2009 and more recently the 2011 problem of high and volatile food prices that have driven an estimated 44 million people into abject poverty , it has become more urgently necessary to re-examine food security interventions world-wide. Commitments were taken in this direction in 2009 with the G8 Summit in L’Aquila, the reform of the Committee on World Food Security and the World Summit on Food Security. Actions are yet to follow at the pace and depth required. The…