World Food Day Commemorated
Multitudes descended on Phohushadi Farm on October 16, to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in an event held under the theme: Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the cycle of rural poverty.
The main goal of the event, World Food Day was to raise public awareness about hunger challenges and encourage people to join the fight against it.
In his keynote address, the Chief Executive Officer of Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA), Mr Thabo Thamane said the government has come up with organisations such as his to assist Batswana to set up their own businesses and create employment for themselves and others as hunger is nobody’s culture.
Mr Thamane therefore urged his audience to stand up to make a meaningful contribution towards improving their livelihoods. He called on all to introspect on their contribution to the fight against hunger. Mr Thamane said CEDA has so far loaned out millions of Pula to assist Batswana, calling on all to have the spirit of business that would make their lives much better.
He said the theme for this year is appropriate because the government continues to come up with initiatives to break the cycle of poverty amongst Batswana, adding that some of the exhibitions show that indeed Batswana want to eradicate poverty in rural areas.
The Minister of Agriculture, Mr Patrick Pule Ralotsia said the government is very serious about agriculture as it assists farmers throughout the country more especially those in rural areas to produce food.
Mr Ralotsia said the theme is about social protection which is not only important to take people out of poverty in the short term, but also encourage them to produce food for long term to reduce poverty and well as diversify the economy.
He said the government has come up with initiatives to eradicate poverty, which should not be passed on to the next generation. He encouraged Batswana to work hard to sustain whatever they are doing to improve their lives and fight hunger.
National Food Technology Research Centre (NFTRC) went along to not only lend support but showcase some of its products and services and to lure participants into food processing.