Rwanda marks World Food Day, celebrating farmers in achieving food security.

Rutsiro 31 October 2019

In a colorful ceremony held today in Rustiro District, Western Province, Rwanda joined the rest of world to celebrate World Food Day. This year’s theme is “Our actions, are our future, Healthy Diet for Zero Hunger World”

To mark this day a number of activities were carried out such as planting fruit trees to launch the plant three trees campaign to mobilize Rwandan families to grow nutritious foods, providing children with nutritious diets, and giving cows to needy families through Girinka

Speaking at the event, Minister of Agriculture Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana emphasized the role played by smallholder farmers in improving food security and contributing to eradication of hunger.

Dr Mukeshimana said that today’s theme is in line with the SDG’s to be achieved by 2030 world-wide and specifically with 7years government program (7YGP) for food security and to eradicate malnutrition

“The Government of Rwanda, in collaboration with its partners, remains highly committed to ensure food security and nutrition in the country through continuous cooperation and support in the on-going process to achieve full food security and healthy diets as the theme for today’s World Food Day reminds us,” She said.

The day is an opportunity to enhance coordination of various efforts for food security and nutrition. WFD is usually celebrated on 16th October every year, but each country is free to opt for a convenient date between 16th and 31st October. Minister said

The annual event is observed to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to achieve Zero Hunger, ensuring food security and nutritious diets for all.

WFD calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and available for everyone.  The improving food security in the country is largely attributed to the growth of the agriculture sector as a result of different policies and initiatives undertaken by the government. They include Land Use Consolidation, Improved use of Agricultural inputs, Protection of land against soil erosion, Irrigation, Reduced post-harvest losses of both dried and fresh produce, One cow per poor family (Girinka), small livestock, and high value crops promotion among others.

From RYAF Communication Team

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