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Expo 2020 Dubai Bahamas Pavilion Committee attend Food Security Presentation
By Azaleta Ishmael-Newry
Apr 5, 2017 - 8:02:35 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas -- The Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas and the University of The Bahamas collaborated on a presentation on Food Security in The Bahamas whose guest speaker, was Dr. Allison Karpyn, a US Fulbright Scholar who is on a 2-year stint. Karpyn presented her findings from a three-week residency in Eleuthera, Bahamas where she interviewed 60 persons for the first set of studies.

Titled, “Rice, cream, grits and tomato paste,” she concluded that the Island has a serious food “insecurity” problem. Kapryn also shared that many Bahamians do not feel that there is a hunger problem in their country; however, when she asked persons if they went to bed hungry, there was a high percentage of “yes” which alarmed her. Karpyn also recognized that BAMSI (Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute) was an important answer for supplying the country with crops and food supply.

Members of the Expo 2020 Dubai Bahamas Pavilion team, led by Commissioner General, H.E. Tony Joudi, Ambassador to the UAE and State of Qatar, attended the Food Security Lecture at the Harry Moore Library to learn more about food security. They have an upcoming trip to BAMSI to learn more about the organization’s production and how The Bahamas and BAMSI could synergize their efforts at home and for export to Dubai for the World Fair, called Expo 2020 Dubai that will be held in October 2020 for a period of 6 months. The Bahamas Pavilion will have a restaurant and the Expo committee is exploring option for indigenous food supply for the visitors to the Pavilion.

Photo caption: Expo 2020 Dubai committee members and US Embassy Nassau’s guest speaker at the University of The Bahamas presentation on Food Security posed for a photo after the lecture. Shown in the photo from left to right, front row are: Azaleta Ishmael-Newry, H.E. Tony Joudi, Ambassador to UAE and the State of Qatar, Dr Alisson Karpyn, Dr Penny Rechkemmer, public affairs officer, US Embassy, Nassau, Donna Williams and Valeria Pintard-Flax. Back row: Ashley Munnings, Michael Diggiss, Michael Edwards, Eldred Saunders, Bridgette Rahming and TJ Thompson.

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