On 16 October 1945, the United Nations launched the Food and Agriculture Organisation. Since then, every year World Food Day is celebrated on 16 October. The theme for this year’s World Food Day was Our Actions are our Future; A Zero Hunger world by 2030 is Possible.
This year in Fiji, the Minister for Health, the Hon. Rosy Akbar and the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, the Hon. Inia Seruiratu celebrated the day in Sigatoka. On this occasion they urged the public to commit to healthy eating.
The program included a quiz and poster competition for Sigatoka primary school students and was opened with a march through town by Sigatoka Methodist High School scholars.
On the day, Minister Seruiratu launched a new variety of resilient capsicum and sweet potatoes, with seedling samples distributed to notable farmers and students.
This year’s theme, Our Actions are our Future, A Zero Hunger world by 2030 is Possible, highlights the importance of food and agricultural needs. Minister Akbar emphasised that this involves adapting to climate change and feeding the world’s increasing population in a sustainable way. She also spoke of the importance of food and nutrition, which begins at home.
Information Credit: Anshoo M. Chandra, Senior Information Officer, Executive Support Unit, Ministry of Health and Medical Services
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