On October 16, Saint Lucia will join the rest of the world in observing World Food Day. The date was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger and to remember the millions around the world who are malnourished and die of starvation.
This year’s World Food Day theme is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must, too.”
In response to the many challenges faced by the agriculture and fisheries sectors emanating from climate change, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives will be hosting a number of activities in observance of this year’s World Food Day.
Activities have been organized to give credence to this year’s theme.
The day will begin with a church service to be held at the La Ressource Roman Catholic Church in Mabouya Valley from 7:00 am. followed by a tree planting activity at the Fond d’Or Nature Heritage Park.
Activities continue at the park with a grand exhibition, cultural and other entertainment and a host of family events to help Saint Lucians adapt to and mitigate the threat of climate change.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives has partnered with a number of agencies, including the UNDP, the JCCCP and the FAO, in putting the event together.
Saint Lucians are invited to attend and participate in this year’s World Food Day activities on Sunday, October 16, at the Fond d’Or Heritage Park between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.