- 12 October, 2016: World Food Day which is observed annually on 16 October will be marked this year by a national agricultural show which will be held at Domaine Les Pailles on 15 and 16 October. This initiative of the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security, will be replicated at regional level on 22-23 October 2016 at Mahebourg Waterfront. The theme of World Food Day 2016 is Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.
These activities were announced yesterday by the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Seeruttun, at a press conference in Port Louis. One of the biggest challenges related to climate change is food security, said the Minister. In a bid to meet the heavy demand of a steadily growing global population, agriculture and food systems will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient, productive and sustainable, he said.
Mr Seeruttun recalled that growing food in a sustainable way means adopting practices that produce more with less in the same area of land and use natural resources wisely. It also means reducing food losses before the final product or at the retail stage through a number of initiatives namely better harvesting, storage, packing, infrastructure and market mechanisms, amongst others, he pointed out.
The Minister also listed out initiatives adopted by the Government in face of the effects of climate change, the challenge of food security, and in line with the future of sustainable development for Mauritius.
“Climate change is a fundamental threat to global food security, sustainable development and poverty eradication”, he said adding that farmers must adapt to the impacts of climate change and work towards improving the resilience of our food production systems.
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