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Guyana, Haiti, Belize the only Caribbean countries to produce 50% of their food - FAO

Data from a Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report show that the only Caribbean countries to produce more than 50 per cent of their food consumed are Guyana, Haiti and Belize.
 
The FAO says other CARICOM countries on average spend more than 50 per cent of the value of their exports on food imports and the share is rising. 
 
The report says the extremely high dependence on imported food leaves the region highly exposed to shocks in global agriculture commodity prices.
 
The Caribbean spent US$4.75 billion on food imports in 2018 and this is forecast to climb further to between US$8 billion to US$10 billion this year. 


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