In marking World Food Day this week, Trinidad and Tobago must rise to the challenge in becoming self-sufficient and resilient in agriculture.

This year’s theme is “Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets For A #ZeroHungerWorld”.

Last week, Finance Minister Colm Imbert delivered the fiscal measures to guide agriculture for 2019-2020, with the sector getting $708 million—a decrease from last year’s allocation of $800 million.

With Trinidad and Tobago importing $8 billion in food annually, it’s a clear indication more needs to be done for us to become food secure.

Ironically, obesity and hunger do coexist, particularly from a combination of unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyle, which have sent obesity rates up in developing countries.

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The passing of Sir Everton Weekes, last of the legendary 3Ws cricketers, is an occasion to be reminded of the heights that we West Indians have dared to scale and the challenges we have been able to conquer.

Many commentators including Prof Ken S Julien, Andrew Jupiter, Ian Welch and Gregory McGuire have warned us on the precarious state of our main foreign exchange earner, the local natural gas industry. Jupiter said: “… the ingredients that allowed Pt Lisas to be successful have dissipated.

In T&T, it is one’s constitutional right to ­protest, but it should be done peacefully and not infringe on the rights of others, as their rights to peace and quiet will be affected.

I write to correct remarks carried in the article, “PM at sod-turning: Many wanted Diego State lands” (Express, July 3, Page 10).

I note the PM is quoted as follows: I was passing a morning in the area and saw part of the land fenced off which was done by a State agency. I called the Port of Spain Mayor and said, “Don’t you know your land is being stolen? Get up and stop it.”

“A single spark can start a prairie fire.” —Mao Zedong, 1930.

This observation came back to my mind in the witnessing of the events of the last seven days. The underlying theme was the use of weapons to resolve our social problems.

It is a tempting counter-narrative that during his third voyage Christopher Columbus may have literally “stumbled” upon Iere on August 31, 1498. Iere is the land of the hummingbird to the First Peoples, who were already here when Columbus arrived.