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Special Envoy and Ministry of Agriculture officials discuss collaboration on school gardens, feeding programs

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Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2021. 4:11 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma: Today, representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise met with the Special Envoy for the Development of Families and children, Rosanna Briceno.

Discussions included collaboration between the Ministry and the Office of the Special Envoy, especially for school feeding programs and school gardens.

A presentation on how School gardens can be used as a pedagogical tool in schools through partnerships with the National Food and Nutrition Security Commission, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health & Wellness, and the Office of the Special Envoy was done.

The Special Envoy highlighted the main goal of empowering the most vulnerable families and children to fully contribute and to successfully participate in achieving Belize’s development goals.

Strategic priorities include strengthening engagement to support the most vulnerable, increasing citizen participation and ownership, and promoting effective and accountable governance.

“The mission of the Office of the Special Envoy aligns with the program areas of the National Food and Nutrition Security Commission and with the overall goals of Plan Belize,” a statement said.

Representing the Ministry of Agriculture were Servulo Baeza, CEO in the ministry;  Luis Pook, director of communications; Clifford Martinez, director of extension;  Gary Ramirez, national horticulture coordinator; and Emilio Montero, coordinator for the National Food and Nutrition Security Commission.

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