The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations or FAO, in collaboration with the Government of Liberia, food security sector partners and Liberian farmers, will today begin the observance of October 16th as World Food Day.
This year’s celebration is being held under the theme “Agricultural cooperatives: key to feeding the world”, to highlight the many concrete ways in which agricultural cooperatives and producer organizations help to provide food security, generate employment and lift people out of poverty.
In his message for the observance of this year’s event, the FAO Director-General Dr. José Graziano da Silva paid special tribute to cooperatives for working against hunger and overcoming market and policy constraints by providing their members’ access to a range of assets and services.
Meanwhile, Liberia’s Agriculture Minister Dr. Florence A. Chenoweth has disclosed that official celebrations of World Food Day 2012 will be climaxed in River Gee County in late November, involving producer groups, cooperatives, farmer organizations, as well as the Government, FAO and agriculture partners
FAO Liberia’s Country Representative Jean-Alexandre Scaglia, said: “World Food Day is not solely an FAO day as some people think, but a day for all of us to unite against hunger.”
As part of this year’s event, FAO has prepared special World Food Day/Telefood Baskets containing an assortment of vegetables, rice, and souvenir t-shirts and caps for distribution to partners for small cost to raise funds for the worldwide Telefood program that supports small scale farmers.