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10 Dec 2014 description
Reshumen ejecutivo

América Latina y el Caribe está muy cerca de lograr la meta de la Cumbre Mundial de la Alimentación

La región ha avanzado un 92% hacia la meta de reducir a la mitad el número total de personas que sufre hambre, mientras que a nivel global sólo se ha avanzado 41%

10 Dec 2014 description

Published on December 9, 2014 by Aisha Reid

It is possible for Barbados to produce 60 to 65 per cent of the agricultural produce consumed by Barbadians.

This was revealed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Esworth Reid.

He was delivering the keynote address at a National Consultation Workshop presentation on the vulnerability and capacity assessment of Barbados’ first Food Zone, on Monday at the Savannah Hotel.

10 Dec 2014 description
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Latin America and the Caribbean need final push to achieve World Food Summit Goal

Region has advanced 92 percent towards goal of halving the total number of people suffering from hunger

10 December 10 2014, Santiago, Chile - Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved 92 percent progress toward the the World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of people suffering hunger and final push is needed to fully achieve it, according to FAO's regional flagship report, the Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security 2014, released today.

27 Nov 2014 description

Minister of Health, John Boyce, yesterday received a donation of 300 mosquito nets from the Barbados Red Cross Society for use in Government’s health care institutions.

Director General of the Barbados Red Cross Society, Edmund Bradshaw, in presenting the nets, disclosed that they were among supplies donated to that local body by the Japanese Red Cross Society as part of a disaster preparedness project.

The Barbados Red Cross decided to donate some of the nets at this time, given the current outbreak of chikungunya in Barbados.

04 Nov 2014 description

Inflación mensual de alimentos de América Latina y el Caribe alcanzó 1.2% en septiembre

El aumento de 0,4 puntos porcentuales respecto a agosto llevó la inflación alimentaria regional a uno de los valores más altos en lo que va del año

Santiago de Chile, 3 de noviembre de 2014 – La inflación alimentaria de América Latina y el Caribe ha aumentado de forma continua desde junio, alcanzando 1.2% en septiembre, uno de los valores más altos en lo que va de 2014, señaló hoy la FAO.

02 Nov 2014 description

Bridgetown, Barbados, October 31, 2014 (CDEMA) - Disaster Management in the Caribbean region is getting a boost with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union. The funding has been secured under the ACP-EU CARIFORUM Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme, which will be implemented over a five year period (2014-2019) by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Development Bank and the Dominican Republic.

16 Oct 2014 description

by Joy Springer

Health Minister John Boyce today revealed that the number of confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados now stood at 49, with another 200 suspected cases on record.

He however acknowledged that the record might not represent the true numbers because some persons were not seeking medical attention, choosing instead to treat themselves at home. He added that the Ministry of Health was working towards making the reporting process easier and quicker for doctors by putting systems in place to allow them to provide the information electronically.

14 Oct 2014 description

by Joy Springer

Community Council to Sensitise Residents about Chikungunya

The St. Peter Constituency Council will host a seminar to sensitise persons in the community about the chikungunya virus.

Entitled: Reducing the Threat of the Chikungunya Virus in St. Peter: Community Solutions, the seminar will be held on Sunday, October 19, at Kingdom Life Ministries, Diamond Rock, Speightstown, St. Peter, at 5:00 p.m.

12 Oct 2014 description

Published on October 10, 2014 by Joy Springer

The Ministry of Health has assured the public that it is continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of chikungunya in Barbados through its surveillance system, which includes submission of information from polyclinics, as well as the private health care sector.

The Ministry disclosed that since chikungunya was unknown to the Caribbean region until December last year, there was no natural immunity to the disease among the local population, and therefore it was expected that many more people will become ill.

06 Oct 2014 description
report Redhum

Caribe, 04 de Octubre 2014

Fuente: Prensa Latina

Bridgetown, 4 oct (PL) La Agencia de Salud Pública del Caribe anunció que el virus de chikungunya continúa propagándose en los países caribeños, al contabilizar hoy 40 casos confirmados en Barbados y 11 nuevos infectados en Islas Caimán.

De acuerdo con Carpha, como se conoce a esa entidad sanitaria regional por sus siglas en inglés, aún están bajo investigación otros 130 barbadenses que presentan síntomas similares a los de esa enfermedad.

03 Oct 2014 description

Published on October 2, 2014 by Joy Springer

The number of confirmed cases of chikungunya in Barbados now stand at 40.

And, according to the Ministry of Health, as of September 26, there were also an additional 130 cases under investigation.

The Ministry’s latest update revealed that while there have been reports of increases in the number of patients seeking medical attention with symptoms, no deaths have been associated with the virus.

18 Sep 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Marianela Jarroud

SANTIAGO, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - Latin America and the Caribbean, the world’s most unequal region, has made the greatest progress towards improving food security and has become the region with the largest number of countries to have reached the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people.

05 Sep 2014 description

Published on September 4, 2014 by Joy Springer

There are now 11 confirmed cases of chikungunya in Barbados while 77 other people are suspected of having the virus.

The update came from Senior Medical Officer of Health Dr. Karen Springer who disclosed that of the 11 confirmed cases, three were imported cases, that is, the patients arrived in Barbados already infected, while the eight others contracted the virus locally.

01 Sep 2014 description

Published on August 29, 2014 by Joy Springer

The Ministry of Health continues its public awareness programme about the chikungunya virus and how it can be prevented this Saturday, August 30 in St. Andrew.

Health officials will conduct a walk-through, in collaboration with the St. Andrew Constituency Council, in St. Simons, Isolation Road and Belleplaine between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Residents are asked to cooperate with the team from the Health Ministry.


06 Aug 2014 description

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 4, 2014 – The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is pleased to announce that eight of its members have become the first countries to purchase its excess rainfall insurance coverage – for the 2014/2015 policy year.

01 Jul 2014 description

by Julia Rawlins-Bentham

Countries in the region are being called upon to address the $1.2 million in outstanding contributions owed to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made the call, stressing that CDEMA could do a lot more for countries in the region if it was given the necessary resources.

He was at the time speaking during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Meeting of the Council of CDEMA at Hilton Barbados recently.

30 Jun 2014 description

This report covers the period 01 January 2013 to 31 December 2013


In 2013, key programmes and activities of the Barbados Red Cross Society (BRCS) were affected due to lack of funding after the completion of the ECHO-funded DIPECHO VIII disaster risk reduction project and the consequent end of contracts for Disaster Management personnel. Due to the national economic situation the project could no longer continue due to lack of funding. Even community activities which began under DIPECHO VIII were significantly cut back.

06 Jun 2014 description

St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, June 3rd, 2014 - The UWI Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) has embarked on a project to install instruments which will improve understanding of the effects of strong earthquakes in the region.

Funded by the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), twelve instruments are being installed as part of a regional project which aims to establish a core network of strong motion instruments in the Eastern Caribbean and Jamaica.