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FAO and ECLAC Present Recommendations to Prevent the Pandemic from Turning Into a Food Crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean

A new joint report will be launched virtually on Tuesday, June 16 at a simultaneous press conference by ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, and FAO’s Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, Julio Berdegué.

12 June 2020|Announcement

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will present on Tuesday, June 16 a joint report entitled Preventing the COVID-19 crisis from becoming a food crisis. Urgent measures against hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean, in which they will address urgent actions to fight the hunger triggered by the pandemic in the region’s countries as well as recommendations to prevent the health crisis from turning into a food crisis.

The presentation will take place via a simultaneous, virtual press conference at 11 a.m. local time in Chile (UTC/GMT -4:00), to be led by Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, and Julio Berdegué, Deputy Director General of FAO and its Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The press conference will be transmitted live via Webex at the following link:

https://eclac.webex.com/eclac/onstage/g.php?MTID=e19b154c1d7cf415f5d96841e1fc5d8dc   

Journalists interested in participating must register ahead of time. They will receive an email with instructions on how to join the event.

According to FAO and ECLAC, given the sharp drop forecast in GDP, inflows and remittances, the increase in poverty, and the rise in food prices, it is vital to take urgent action to fight hunger in Latin American and Caribbean countries. The details of these measures, along with recommendations to avert a food crisis in the medium term, will be unveiled in this report.

Members of the media are invited to participate in the virtual press conference. Journalists should join the event on Tuesday, June 16 starting at 11 a.m. local time in Chile (UTC/GMT -4:00) via the Webex platform (prior registration is required). Accredited journalists will be able to send their questions in writing via the platform’s chat, as the event takes place. They can also send their queries to the following email address: conferenciaprensa@cepal.org.

The general public will also be able to follow the presentation live via YouTube at a link that will be provided in advance, or via ECLAC’s website at www.cepal.org.

The full electronic version of the new joint FAO-ECLAC document, along with a press release, will be available on the two organizations’ websites, as well as on the webpage of the COVID-19 Observatory in Latin America and the Caribbean, as soon as the press conference has concluded on Tuesday, June 16.

What: Launch of the joint FAO-ECLAC report Preventing the COVID-19 crisis from becoming a food crisis. Urgent measures against hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Who:

  • Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary.
  • Julio Berdegué, Deputy Director General of FAO and its Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean.

When: Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 11 a.m. local time in Chile (GMT -04:00).

Where: Virtual connection via the Webex platform (journalists must register in advance).

https://eclac.webex.com/eclac/onstage/g.php?MTID=e19b154c1d7cf415f5d96841e1fc5d8dc   

 

Event number: 160 760 0565

Event password: FAOCEPAL

 

For queries or to arrange interviews, contact:

 

  • ECLAC’s Public Information Unit in Santiago, Chile. Email: prensa@cepal.org; Telephone: (56 2) 2210 2040.
  • Benjamín Labatut. FAO Press Officer in Santiago, Chile. Email: benjamin.labatut@fao.org; Telephone: (56 2) 2923 2174.

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