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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