World Food Day 2018

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The Uganda edition of the World Food Day is organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.

This year, the celebrations will take place at the Nabuin Agricultural Research and Development Institute.

The theme for this year is:  “A Zero Hunger World by 2030 is Possible.”

World Food Day (WFD) was established by the member countries of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) in November 1979, at the organization’s 20th General Conference. Dr. Pal Romany, the Hungarian Delegation led by the then Minister of Hungary for Agriculture and Food, played a significant role at the 20th General Conference of the FAO and proposed the idea of launching the WFD worldwide. Since then, the WFD is been observed in more than 150 countries every year; raising consciousness and knowledge of the problems and reasons behind hunger and poverty.

Why World Food Day is Celebrated

The principal reason is to increase awareness of the crucial need for effective agriculture and food policies to be implemented by governments across the world to ensure there is sufficient food available for everyone worldwide.


World Food Day was established in honor of the founding date of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations launched in 1945. It is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger.

THE THEME“A Zero Hunger World by 2030 is possible.”


  1. Draw attention on food and agricultural development
  2. Heighten awareness on hunger and food security issues
  3. Promote transfer of technologies to achieve food security
  4. Strengthen National and International efforts in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

THE THEME“A Zero Hunger World by 2030 is possible.”

 Reasons Why Zero Hunger Changes the World

1) Zero hunger could save the lives of 3.1 million children a year

2) Well-nourished mothers have healthier babies with stronger immune systems

3) Ending child under nutrition could increase a developing country’s GDP by 16.5 percent2

4) A dollar invested in hunger prevention could return between $15 and $139 in benefits3

5) Proper nutrition early in life could mean 46 percent more in lifetime earnings4

6) Eliminating iron deficiency in a population could boost workplace productivity by 20 percent5

7) Ending nutrition-related child mortality could increase a workforce by 9.4 percent6

8) Zero hunger can help build a safer, more prosperous world for everyone

Nabuin ZARDI

Nabuin Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute is one of the sixteen Public Agricultural Research Institutes under the National Agricultural Research Organization established by the NAR ACT (2005). The institute is mandated to conduct and manage applied and adaptive agricultural research and facilitate the development and dissemination of appropriate agricultural technologies that address the specific needs of the North Eastern dry land Agro-ecological zone of Teso and Karamoja. The zone comprises of 15 districts of Serere, Soroti, Kaberamaido, Ngora, Kumi, Bukedea,Amuria, Katakwi, Napak, Moroto, Nakapiripirit, Kotido, Abim, Kaabong, andAmudat. Nabuin ZARDI is located in Nakapiripirit district.

Nabuin was initially, a Government Institute established in the early 1963 to serve the then greater Karamoja District with knowledge and extension services in agriculture. However, during the1979 unrest and subsequent years, the centre was vandalized and its entire infrastructure was completely destroyed and therefore ceased to be operational.

Following various reforms in Agricultural research, the National Agricultural Research Act 2005 re-established Nabuin as a semi-autonomous Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute(ZARDI) catering for the North-Eastern agro ecological zone of Karamoja andTeso .  After its re-establishment Nabuin ZARDI, started operating from Serere (former District Farm Institute) becauseof the insecurity and absence of infrastructure at the Nabuin station in Lorengedwat, Nakapiripirit district. However, in 2010, Nabuin ZARDI opened a main office in Moroto Municipality, as a way to operate closer to and develop infrastructure at Nabuin in Nakapiripirit. And to date, Nabuin ZARDI has moved all its operations to the Nabuin station in Lorengedwat, Nakapiripirit District.