SLHTA part­ners with RISE St Lu­cia to pro­mote Healthy Food Con­sump­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Ho­tel & Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion, through the Tourism En­hance­ment Fund, is proud to be a gold spon­sor of RISE St Lu­cia’s Good Food Revo­lu­tion.

On Thurs­day 19th May, 2016, Tourism En­hance­ment Fund Chair, Karolin Trou­bet­zkoy, handed over the first in­stall­ments of the fund’s fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment to the project to RISE Di­rec­tor Dr Stephen King.

Launched in Jan­uary 2016, the project seeks to re­duce the con­sump­tion of GMOs (ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied or­gan­isms) and in­crease the use of healthy, or­gan­i­cally grown foods by the Saint Lu­cian pop­u­la­tion. The project was born in re­sponse to an un­prece­dented and alarm­ing rise in chronic non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases in Saint Lu­cia.

The cre­ators of the Good Food Revo­lu­tion be­lieve that this danger­ous rise ‘is in great part due to the re­place­ment from Saint Lu­cian di­ets of whole­some tra­di­tional fruits, root crops and veg­eta­bles from the lo­cal agri­cul­tural bio­di­ver­sity, to highly pro­cessed im­ported op­tions’.

On the oc­ca­sion of this part­ner­ship, SLHTA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Noorani Azeez, spoke to the SLHTA’s grow­ing com­mit­ment to the agri­cul­tural sec­tor. “In the begin­ning of this year we made a com­mit­ment to strengthen sus­tain­able link­ages with the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try and to con­tinue to work to­ward Saint Lu­cia’s sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. We are ex­cited to part­ner with RISE on this project as they seek to ed­u­cate farm­ers and the community at large in pro­cesses that would cre­ate a health­ier na­tion for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

The Good Food Revo­lu­tion is also in part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, En­ergy, Science and Tech­nol­ogy and the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, funded in part by UNDP Global En­vi­ron­ment Fa­cil­ity (GEF) Small Grants Pro­gramme. The first round of train­ing for 40 farm­ers in or­ganic farming be­gan in early May. The SLHTA is hon­oured to sup­port this im­por­tant ini­tia­tive.

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