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The Caribbean Disaster Risk Atlas, a tool to enhance decision-making to reduce the serious economic and social impacts of natural hazards in the region, was launched Monday June 25th at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona.
Funded by the World Bank at a cost of US$510,000 through its Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the Atlas is expected to strengthen the capacity of Caribbean Countries to develop strategic risk management strategies.
KINGSTON (JIS): Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Christopher Tufton has said that the current global food crisis has the potential to undermine all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by world leaders at the United Nations in 2000, more so the target to halve extreme global poverty and hunger by 2015.
"Left unchecked, not only will we see an increase in the number of people suffering from hunger, but also rural livelihoods will be undermined through a decline in agricultural production due to high input costs," the Minister said.
KINGSTON (JIS): Thursday, May 01, 2008, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda, has said that $328.18 million of the $500 million allotted to subsidize the high price of food has been disbursed, leaving a balance of $171.82 million.
The Minister, who was speaking in the House of Representatives yesterday (April 29), said that as at April 18, price support for basic food was $235.6 million from an allocation of $310 million, leaving a difference of $74 million.