Media Advisory: World Food Day 2010

13 October 2010 | Uncategorized

Pretoria – 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.

The main event this year is the World Food Day Summit which will be held at the Reserve Bank Conference Centre in Pretoria on the 14th of October.

Organised by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries under the theme: Fighting hunger to achieve food security for all, the Summit, to be attended by organised agriculture, the agriculture industry and other industries impacting on the natural resources, the research and academic institutions and consumer protection organisations, will focus on, among other issues:

  1. Review of the current Food Security Strategy
  2. The role of the Public Private Partnership in poverty alleviation programmes
  3. Funding mechanisms to ensure “Food For All”

Date: 14 October 2010
Venue: The South African Reserve Bank
Time: 09:00 – 13:00

The summit will be opened by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson and the FAO Country Representative, Mme Rosebud V. Kurwijila, will deliver the main speech on behalf of the FAO Director-General.

Every year on 16 October the world celebrates World Food Day . This year’s theme is “United Against Hunger”, chosen to recognize the efforts made in the fight against world hunger at national, regional and international levels. 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 queries, please contact:
Nala Ramohlokoane: 012-354-8536 (office)
082-452-8249 (mobile)
Makhomonala.Ramohlokoane@fao.org