BAKU, 16 October 2018 – An event dedicated to World Food Day was organised by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), IDEA Public Union, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency at the Baku Convention Centre.
World Food Day’s theme for 2019 is “Our Actions are our Future. A #ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible”.
The event featured a short film on food waste (Sustainable Development Goal 12 – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns) produced jointly by IDEA and FAO, and a video message of Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO, on World Food Day.
Participants listened panel debates on promoting sustainable agriculture for improved nutrition and rural development and watched video footage of farmers’ success stories in agribusiness.
The event also included an exhibition of photographs on the topic of #MyActions, as well as publications presented by the organisers. Representatives of women’s development groups from Masally, Aghdam, Lankaran, Ismayilli and Balakan districts joined the exhibition by demonstrating their handwork. These groups were established within the framework of Second Rural Investment Project for Azerbaijan, co-financed by the Government of Azerbaijan and the World Bank, implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture. The goal of creating these groups was to improve welfare of the population through the establishment, development, management and expansion of businesses in rural areas.
World Food Day is celebrated in over 150 countries around the world on 16 October, the day on which FAO was founded in 1945. Events dedicated to the World Food Day aims to promote worldwide awareness on suffering from hunger and challenges of poverty.