South Sudan marked its fourth World Food Day on 16 October 2014 with celebrations taking place in Juba, Central Equatoria and Rumbek, Lakes State. The national celebration in Juba opened with speeches by high level officials including the state Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development Dr. Beda Machar Deng, Mr. John Kanisio, Secretary General of the Food Security Council South Sudan and FAO Representative Dr. Sue Lautze.
The celebration was attended by 300 participants including women’s farming groups and students from St. Petersburg school. During the event five women farmers were acknowledged for their work and leadership in agriculture. The day also included cultural performances around the theme of family farming by the students, a short drama performed by the women’s groups, a presentation of locally grown vegetables and participation of local poultry farmers.
“I look ahead to South Sudan and I see challenges right now, but the future remains bright indeed. This country’s resources are seductive in their abundance. And I look forward to the day when we celebrate World Food Day and our biggest problem is where to find new countries to export all of our surplus to. And that will happen,” Dr. Sue Lautze said in her opening remarks.
In Rumbek, Lakes State FAO honored World Food Day by bringing together government counterparts and local fishing groups from surrounding areas. The day included speeches, cultural performances and the local fishing groups gave a demonstration to guests on how to assemble and use FAO’s emergency fishing kits.
Source : Fao