FAO organises ‘Seed to Salad’ as part of World Food Day

By
Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, Oct. 17, GNA
– As part of the World Food Day, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
has held the ‘Seed to Salad’ event, which demonstrates the importance of nutritious,
healthy, and balanced diets through the voice of children using indigenous
foods.

The event, held at
the Independence Arch, a symbolic landmark that represent freedom, is to
highlight the interconnectedness of the people.

This year, the FAO
Regional Office for Africa and the FAO Country Office is holding the event on
the slogan: “Our Actions are our future. Healthy diets for a #ZeroHunger
world.”

Mr Abebe
Haile-Gabriel, the Assistant Director-General and the Representative for Africa,
FAO, said Africa was challenged by the problem of having access to affordable,
healthy and nutritious diets.

He said as a result,
many people suffer from obesity, which was a cause of all kinds of health,
social and economic problems.

“Whenever we are
talking about hunger, remember we are talking about both undernourishment as
well as over feeding,” he added.

Mr Haile-General
said there were no chances of achieving a common vision of a safe, fair, peace
and prosperous world, when a significant number of the population suffered from
the scare of hunger and malnutrition.

He said there would
be no freedom and justice without everyone having access to safe, nutritious
and healthy diet.

He urged
stakeholders to take action and for governments to support investments in
nutritious and healthy diets by putting in place the right policies and
mechanisms.

Mr Haile-Gabriel
also urged smallholder farmers to diversify production through adopting
sustainable agricultural practices and the private food businesses to invest in
foods that were more nutritious and adhere to nutritious-related laws and
regulations.

Madam Jocelyn Brown
Hall, Deputy Regional Representative for Africa, FAO, said this year, the
Organisation had put extra efforts in engaging children and youth as the voices
of the future to achieve zero hunger.

This year’s
celebration includes celebrities such as Kwame Eugene and DJ Switch, who
actively engaged audience and demonstrated healthy eating of nutritious
indigenous foods.

GNA

Loading...