The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, says tackling youth unemployment is fundamental to finding a solution for poverty in the Caribbean.

That’s according to Assistant Director of the FAO, Dr. Julio Berdegue.

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Dr. Berdegue was speaking yesterday at a FAO Press conference in Montego Bay, St. James. It’s the first item on the agenda of a four-day FAO Regional Conference being held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

The conference got underway yesterday. Dr. Berdegue says obesity will be given priority treatment by the FAO.

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This is the first time in 20 years the regional conference is returning to the Caribbean.

Jamaica last hosted the conference 50 years ago.