Dominica will join the international community in the annual celebration of World Food Day on October 16, 2010.
The theme of this year’s observance is UNITED AGAINST HUNGER, chosen to recognize the efforts made in the fight against world hunger at national, regional and international levels.
Uniting against hunger becomes real when state and civil society organizations and the private sector work in partnership at all levels to defeat hunger, extreme poverty and malnutrition.
In 2009, the critical threshold of one billion hungry people in the world was reached in part due to soaring food prices and the financial crisis, a “tragic achievement in these modern days”, according to FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf.
On the eve of the hunger summit, Dr Diouf launched an online petition to reflect the moral outrage of the situation. The “1 billion hungry project” reaches out to people through online social media to invite them to sign the anti-hunger petition at www.1billionhungry.org.
Activities planned include visits to schools by agricultural extension officers, radio programmes (on DBS, KairiFM and Voice of Life), 4-H activities and the Social Centre organized pre-schoolers walk/march against hunger on Thursday 14th October, 2010.
On this World Food Day 2010, when there have never been so many hungry people in the world, let us reflect on the future. With willpower, courage and persistence – and many players working together and helping each other – more food can be produced, more sustainably, and get into the mouths of those who need it most.
For more information, please contact Mr. Winston Magloire at the Botanical Gardens (266 3814) or Mrs. Delia Cuffy-Weekes (266 3805)