World Food Day 2018 celebrated with a Walk for Zero Hunger
On 16 October every year, World Food Day (WFD) is celebrated in over 150 countries to raise awareness about hunger and poverty and the need for global food security. WFD was inaugurated in November 1979 in honor of the date of the establishment of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and has been observed globally every year since then. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Our actions are our future”.
IITA joined the World Food Day celebrations in a novel way with staff embarking on a 2-km Walk for Zero Hunger to commemorate the day. This was the WFD edition of the IITA wellness initiative called Walk for a Purpose, which is organized to mark international celebrations that are relevant to the Institute’s vision.
The event began with an exhibition showcasing IITA’s work on mandate crops at the Institute’s conference center in Ibadan, Nigeria, before the participants set out on the walk around the campus.
Speaking at the end of the walk, IITA Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery, Kenton Dashiell appreciated everybody who took time to be there and lauded them as ambassadors of IITA and of the upcoming P4D Week. He reminded those present that World Food Day is directly connected to our research to fight hunger and reduce poverty, work for which we
were recently awarded the Africa Food Prize 2018.
Also speaking afterwards, IITA Director of Country Alignment and Systems Integration, Kwesi Atta-Krah, highlighted the importance of World Food Day as a day to celebrate good quality food and the value of good nutrition. He also noted the significance of the Africa Food Prize received by IITA stating: “It is a very important award because it is highly contested throughout the continent and it is awarded to individuals and organizations that have been able to show innovation in agriculture not only in terms of the research but in the research and delivery of research products.”