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16.10.2008 Sports News

Ghana celebrates World Food Day

By Chris Twum - Ghanaian Chronicle

Ghana would today join the world in celebrating World Food Day by raising a special flag to observe the 26th edition of the event, dubbed -”World Food Security; the Challenges of Climate Change and Bio energy.”

The occasion is aimed at trumpeting the Food and Agricultural Organisation's (FAO) clarion call to expand global awareness in order to reduce the effect of severe climate patterns on agriculture, and the impact of biofuels on food production.

The National Planning Committee, under the chairmanship of Mrs. Anna Nyamekye, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture has earmarked telefood events such as a “walk for food”, World Food Day Quiz, Tree planting exercise, field trips and discussions on the radio and television.

The Secretary to the Planning Committee, Mr Daniel Tetteh-Opata told The Chronicle that all was set to mark the day, with a flag raising ceremony at the forecourt of the State House, after which other activities mentioned above would follow.

He said since the Day is to commemorate the importance of food availability, safety and security for all populations worldwide, it behoves on every Ghanaian and the rest of the world to reflect on the current challenges that confront the world on food production and climate change.

Other countries across the globe would also observe the day with events such as symposia, roundtable discussions, concerts, tele-conferences on world food issues, Run-for-Food, and a worldwide candlelight vigil.

Commenting on the theme, the FAO's Chief of World Food Day events, Sidaty Aidara said -”Rarely has the celebration of World Food Day assumed greater significance and meaning than at this present time when food prices are soaring at levels that pose greater risk to the increasing number of hungry people.”

The recent High-Level Conference on World Food Security from June 3-5, 2008, that attracted 181 governments and 41 Heads of State at the FAO headquarters, gave prominence to the implications of the soaring food prices and related issues.

From October 14-17, this week, the FAO Committee on World Food Security meeting would assess the food situation again in addition to the organisation of special events to consider specifically the impact of high food prices on nutrition, food security issues and policy responses.