World Food Day Celebrations Start This Weekend

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Food Prices: From Crisis to Stability will be the theme of this year’s World Food Day celebrations which will get under way this weekend.

The week of activities, coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, will commence with a five-kilometre Health Walk on Saturday, October 15. It starts at the Bay Street Esplanade, and travels along Bush Hill, Dalkeith Road, Brittons Hill, Culloden Road, Belleville, Belmont Road, Martindale’s Road, Jemmotts Lane and finishes at Bay Street.

In an effort to bring awareness to the effects of rising food costs on vulnerable groups in the society, member of the public are invited to take part in the walk, which starts at 6:00 a.m.

On World Food Day, Sunday, October 16, a service of thanksgiving will be held at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church at 9:30 a.m. Staff of the Ministry of Agriculture and stakeholders are expected to attend.

The World Food Day Committee, led by Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Dr. David Estwick, will take part in a half-day tour on Monday, October 17, starting at 8:45 a.m. The delegation will visit the Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre in Vaucluse, St. Thomas, the farm of MacDonald Stevenson in St. Lucy and the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation’s Land Lease Project at Spring Hall, St. Lucy.

The Ministry has also planned a community outreach programme for Wednesday, October 19, with a Gardening Exhibition/Plant Clinic at Emerald Park West in St. Philip. During the exhibition, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., residents and interested persons can learn more about gardening techniques for limited spaces and a variety of related topics.

It is hoped that through such an outreach more Barbadians will be encouraged to "try their hand" at gardening and thus, reduce spending, while producing nutritious, homegrown crops.

Efforts to educate the youth will also be part of the week of activities, with a schools’ competition. Students from the parish of Christ Church are invited to use the theme of this year’s celebrations Food Prices: From Crisis to Stability to develop a creative piece, culinary work or artwork.????

Judging for the competition will take place on Thursday, October 20, and the winners will be announced accordingly.

The celebrations will come to a close with the World Food Day Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 28. The event, which will honour persons who have made significant contributions to the local agricultural sector, will take place in the Ministry of Agriculture’s Conference Room, at Graeme Hall, Christ Church, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Further details on celebrations for World Food Day may be obtained by contacting the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management at 434-5000.

andre.skeete@barbados.gov.bb

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