World Food Day; 16th October
The UN General Assembly 1979 pronounced 16th October of every year to be the World Food Day (WFD). It is also the same date when FAO was founded in Quebec, Canada in 1945. Thus World food Day is a twin celebration whereby the International community and National governments reflect on issues of food security, hunger, malnutrition, and poverty and FAO commemorates the day it was founded and achievements made.
Uganda first celebrated WFD in 1982 and will join the rest of the world to celebrate her 32nd World Food Day/TeleFood (WFD) on Thursday 16th October 2014.
The venue for the National Celebration is the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) – Namulonge in Wakiso district.
The Research Institute hosts the Cassava Center of Excellence and is lauded for generating and disseminating high yielding crop varieties and technologies for a wide range of crop varieties cassava, rice, beans, soy beans and horticultural crops among others; that have ensured food security, household income and foreign exchange earnings for the country.
This year’s Theme is: “Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.”
Status of preparations
Preparations for the day are in high gear. The event will be celebrated in style; with fanfare, speeches and plenty of things to see and learn. So far over 80 groups/companies/individuals/ schools, academic and research institutions, UN agencies have registered to participate. Technologies to be exhibitedwill among others include; livestock, crop, fisheries, post-harvest and value addition, IT for banking, marketing among others.
The primary, secondary schools and tertiary institutions in Wakiso district and 23 other districts in the Central region will participate in the WFD Art and Essay competition and the top three winners in the 10 categories of the competition will be awarded prizes at the National event.
The Chief Guest of Honor to the WFD 2014 event will be His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Uganda. Over 1,000 guests, 400 at district level and 600 at National level will be invited to the event.
The stakeholders invited include;
Members of the Diplomatic corps
Members of Parliament
PSs’ from line ministries
Religious and Cultural leaders
NGOs, private sector and civil society
MAAIF, NARO, NAADS, Districts Local Governments, schools and Academic Institutions
The Media and entertainment community among others
For those organizations, companies and individuals interested in sponsoring the event or booking for exhibitions and demonstrations please contact:
Dr. James Ogwang - Director NaCRRI
Phone Contacts: +256 414 573016, +256 772402064