Media Advisory: World Food Day 16 October 2009

By | 7 October 2009

Pretoria, South Africa – 16 October 2009 marks World Food Day. This year’s theme is “Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis”.

World Food Day celebrations will this year be held in Muyexe, Mopani District in Limpopo Province.  Muyexe village has also been identified as one of the Presidential Nodes.

Ms Rosebud V. Kurwijila, the FAO Representative in South Africa, will celebrate this important day with Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, the South African Minister in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, together with officials from the government, diplomatic corps and other stakeholders.

At a time when the global economic crisis dominates the news, the world needs to be reminded that not everyone works in offices and factories. The crisis is also stalking the small-scale farms and rural areas of the world, where 70 percent of the world’s hungry live and work.

On the occasion of World Food Week and World Food Day 2009, let us reflect on those numbers and the human suffering behind them. Crisis or no crisis, we have the know-how to do something about hunger. We also have the ability to find money to solve problems when we consider them important. Let us work together to make sure hunger is recognized as a critical problem. And solve it!

During the event, materials including statistics and general information on FAO in South Africa will be available.

For media enquiries and other queries, please contact:

Nala Ramohlokoane:
Tel: 012-354-8536 (office) or 082-452-8249 (mobile)

NB: Everyone is welcome to bring any foodstuffs as donation for the food mountain.

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