by Eulana Weekes
St.Kitts and Nevis (WINN): In a world where the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict, climate change, inequality and inflation are posing significant challenges to the access and availability of food, the United Nations is urging on the Global community to unite in building a sustainable world where everyone has access to an adequate amount of food.
As a result, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture- Nevis, Mr Huey Sargeant said the island of Nevis will be doing its part, no matter the circumstances, to continue to produce, plant, harvest and fish so that the people of Nevis can have access to food.
P.S Sargeant said “In Agriculture, we want to put structures in place to ensure that we can feed ourselves or do as much as possible to feed ourselves, so that is essentially what we are doing for World for Day or what is being done internationally for World Food Day.”
This year, the Nevis Agriculture Department is hosting a week of activities from October 10 to 16. On Monday October 10, the department held morning devotions on VON Radio and staff devotions at its facility in Prospect. Tuesday, September 11 was the launch of the School -A-Grow Competition. All primary schools on Nevis will be engaged in a six to eight-week-long competition for the best garden and greenhouses.
On schedule for Wednesday, October 12 is Product Promotion Day at Rams Complex in Stoney Grove. At this function, Agro processors will be marketing and selling their products, whilst providing opportunities for patrons to sample their products.
Some of the other scheduled activities slated for the latter part of the week are Farmers/Fishers Outreach, Night Market in the vicinity of the Charlestown Public Market, the Indian Castle Fruit Orchard Family Funday and the Multicultural Food Extravaganza at the Malcolm Guishard Recreational Park.
Information regarding the World Food Day activities can be found on the Nevis Agriculture Department Facebook page. World Food Day is celebrated annually on October 16 and the theme for 2022 is “Leave No One Behind”.
World Food Day was established in the year 1979 by member countries of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Since then, World Food Day has been observed to raise awareness about hunger, poverty and malnutrition.