The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will commemorate World Food Day Monday, October 16, 2023 under the theme: Water is Life. Water is Food. Leave no one behind.
Here in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, as a part of the World Food Day commemoration a Breadfruit Festival will be held Wednesday, October 11 at the Dumbarton Agricultural Station under the theme: Water is Life; Breadfruit for Food Security.
According to Veterinary Officer Dr. Nicole Timm, coordinator for the breadfruit festival one hundred students from primary and secondary schools in the Marriaqua Valley will be targeted. She further stated that the objective of the festival is to sensitize persons of the various ways in which breadfruit can be utilized to ensure food security.
Meanwhile, plans are ongoing for the celebration of World Food Day on Monday, October 16, 2023. The Ministry of Agriculture will host an exhibition at the SVG Postal Corporation Parking Lot beginning at 10: a.m. in Kingstown.
According to Chairman of this year’s World Food Day planning committee Agricultural Officer Gertheryn Bascombe, Monday’s exhibition will begin at 10:00 a.m. where a number of farmers and agro-processors will have on display, fresh produce and value-added products showcasing the theme of World Food Day. Items from the breadfruit festival will be a part of the exhibition.
The formal ceremony for World Food Day begins at 2:00 p.m. and will feature a number of keynote speakers.
According to the FAO, this year’s theme aims to highlight the critical role of water for life on earth and water as the foundation of our food.
SOURCE: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour