The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in collaboration with its development partners joined the rest of the world to commemorate 2022 World Food Day to promote worldwide awareness, action against poverty, hunger and highlight the need to ensure healthy diets for all.

The 2022 World Food Day Ministerial Press Briefing which took place at the Minister’s Conference room, in Abuja, recently, was with the theme: “leave no one behind, better production, better nutrition, a better environment and better life”.

Speaking at the event, the Hon. Minister, FMARD, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar revealed that the main goal of the World Food Day was to celebrate the promotion of food security around the world especially during difficult times.
He noted that Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has continued to play an important role in achieving this goal by promoting a more resilient food system.

Abubakar pointed out that the World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16th October to mark the anniversary of the founding of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945, adding that it was a collective action across FAO member countries to promote worldwide awareness and action against poverty and hunger.

In his words, “This day serves as a catalyst for people to get involved, reduce food waste and help feed millions so that hunger related problems around the world are significantly reduced.”

“The day is like a reminder to eat mindfully and consider that millions of people are unable to afford one meal for themselves, it is important that we rededicate ourselves to this very important event and its purpose by drawing attention through global awareness, bold action and innovation to enhance effective channels that would make our food systems stronger and more equitable”, the Minister added.

Speaking further, the Minister reaffirmed the Federal Government and FAO’s renewed commitment for continuous collaboration to strengthen the Agricultural sector and enhance food and nutrition security while contributing to the eradication of poverty, hunger and malnutrition in Nigeria.

He, therefore, commended FAO for its immense contributions towards National Development and urged all stakeholders to align with the Organization’s strategic objectives aimed at achieving a world free from hunger, malnutrition and poverty in a sustainable manner.                                                                                                                            

  In his remarks, the FAO Representative in Nigeria and ECOWAS, Fred Kafeero said, analysis carried out at the beginning of the year indicted that approximately 19.4m people faced food insecurity in 21 States and FCT. According to him, “as food insecurity worsen, so does the risk of malnutrition, “it is estimated that about 2m children suffer from severe acute malnutrition”.

Earlier, during the sensitization/ walk awareness rally, the Permanent Secretary, FMARD, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe represented by Director, General Services, Mr. Solomon Abdul stated that the walk and sensitization rally was a demonstration of commitment towards mobilizing and spreading the World Food Day messages across the globe, noting that the march was one of the hundreds of events which highlights global efforts to achieve zero hunger.

Highlight of the event, was the walk/ sensitization rally from the Ministry’s complex to the Unity Fountain, Central Area, to commemorate the 2022 World Food Day.

In attendance were the representatives of the Ministry’s development partners such as Oxfam, Actionaid Nigeria, FAO, AFAN amongst others.

Eremah Anthonia (Mrs.)
ACIO
For: Director Information
18/10/22