J-CCCP Supports World Food Day Activities in Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and SurinameNov 23, 2016
The Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership recently partnered with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to celebrate World Food Day (WFD) which carried a theme this year of ‘Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.’
J-CCCP/FAO partnerships were established with Ministries in Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname. In Suriname, a drawing competition was held at the J. T. H. Wenzelschool (Primary School) in Paramaribo. Sixty students from the Fifth and Sixth grade were invited to take part in the competition, creating drawings or paintings relating to the WFD 2016 theme. In addition to prizes given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed students, the school was also presented with two fruit plants by the Ministry; Minister Ir. Soeresh Algoe assisted students with planting the trees. Members of the WFD Working Group also presented vegetables to the school.
In Grenada, activities were held along the Carenage waterfront with over one hundred persons attending with the Minister of Agriculture, the P.S. of Agriculture and the Chair of the WFD Committee. Grenada’s focus surrounded the zero hunger initiative which relates to increasing crop production and promoting climate resilient crops. A wide range of displays from the agricultural sector were on show together with cultural performances by drummers, dancers, a steel orchestra and band. Activities provided the project with the opportunity to raise awareness among those in attendance and for those viewing the news coverage surrounding the event.
Demonstrations such as a bio-digester for pig waste were on show in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and one farmer received an award for practising climate smart agriculture. Other activities included a national symposium, exhibition, consultations and radio and television interviews. Chairman of the local WFD committee, Mr. Cornelius Richards addressed those gathered for the official WFD ceremony, approximately one hundred and fifty persons, held in St. Vincent’s City Centre. Over 1,000 persons visited the exhibition which was open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
FAO notes that “one of the biggest issues related to climate change is food security. The world’s poorest - many of whom are farmers, fishers and pastoralists - are being hit hardest by higher temperatures and an increasing frequency in weather-related disasters.
At the same time, the global population is growing steadily and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. To meet such a heavy demand, agriculture and food systems will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient, productive and sustainable. This is the only way that we can ensure the wellbeing of ecosystems and rural populations and reduce emissions. Growing food in a sustainable way means adopting practices that produce more with less in the same area of land and use natural resources wisely.”