We’d like a national Food Security System to make sure good quality, nutritious, healthy, fresh foods are inexpensive, available and accessible to all residents. That System have to be built on solid foundations with maximum support for our farmers and the means they should sustain it.
The fact is, St. Lucia is threatened for lack of enough food to feed itself. That is NOT an exaggeration. The evidence is obvious. Local farmers will not be motivated to till the soil anymore. Lately, a lot of them have simply abandoned their farms and the trends proceed.
Consequently, local food production continues to dwindle.
St. Lucia is approaching some extent, where increasingly, it has grow to be largely depending on basic food imports to feed its population. Locally produced foods are simply not available, accessible, or inexpensive, to a major segment of our population.
Regrettably, it seems that nobody seems to care. The nation as an entire, seems powerless or unperturbed about what to in this example.
We’re faced with a looming crisis and never even officials who’re presupposed to be responsible will take the threat seriously. They appear to be taking it without any consideration that, sooner or later, the situation will correct itself.
St. Lucians must understand that and not using a plan, serious efforts and concrete actions, the local food insecurity situation will persist.
So, it’s left to those that care, mean well and understand the magnitude of the threat to step forward, with concrete ideas and suggested solutions to handle the situation.
Considering the seriousness and scale of food insecurity in St. Lucia, it’s without query, we’d like a nationally coordinated Food Security System.
To begin with, in support of that system, we’d like committed, dedicated, serious – all patriotic residents: farmers, community activists, professionals, agricultural experts, advocates, well-wishers, those that imagine within the principles of self-help and self-sufficiency.
The dearth of a national strategy for a coordinated food security system undermines the willingness, capacities and desires of average residents to discover with that project. It’s about time that we muster the courage to confront those impediments stopping us from taking charge of our food security obligations ie. produce foods in sufficient quantity to fulfill local needs and demands.
These days, now we have seen a slew of international agencies, inter-government Bodies, NGOs offering to assist with a System to advert the local food insecurity crisis. A lot of them have been given unprecedented and unfettered access to youth groups, farmer organizations, students, policy-makers, the technocrats and even family groups, to advise and even take the lead as to how they perceive our needs and the best way to proceed, meeting those needs.
They tell us what to do and the best way to approach the situation. But clearly, there will not be much in evidence to point out in achievements, or success. As an alternative, the outcomes of their efforts haven’t seen to be making a major difference. Besides, it’s not even possible to inform in the event that they are making a positive impact. Since now we have no mechanism in place to: set appropriate regulatory guidelines, standards and evaluating systems that I’m aware of, to watch and oversee the works and practices of those agencies.
It’s almost embarrassing to witness how prepared, ready and willingly, we give up such vital obligations. We casually step aside making way for others to do things for us that we should always be doing ourselves.
Food security is a national security issue, and so, St. Lucia needs a national Food Security system and strategy. St. Lucians are too quick to provide up their obligations to people whom they falsely assume are superior to show us about things we already know.
St. Lucia’s Food Security System stays the responsibility of its people and the officials who’re mandated to work with us.
This role mustn’t be left to foreign interests, or to any “fly-by-night do-gooders,” claiming to be saviours.