GIS - October 10, 2012: In the context of World Food Day 2012, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (SSRBG) will, from 12 to 14 October, host a series of activities to mark the event. The focus this year is on “Agricultural cooperatives: key to feeding the world”, in recognition of the role cooperatives in improving food security and contributing to the eradication of hunger.
To commemorate this event the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security will organise an exhibition, cum sales of agricultural products at the SSRBG. The exhibition will include a Salon de la Pomme de Terre, free tasting of potato dishes, alternative ways of eating potatoes and new technologies in the agricultural sector, amongst others.
World Food Day was proclaimed in 1979 by the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organisation and has since been commemorated on 16 October each year. The theme chosen for 2012 is in recognition of the role cooperatives play in improving food security.
Cooperative societies are present in all countries and all sectors, including agriculture, food, finance, health care, marketing, insurance and credit. It is estimated that one billion individuals are members of cooperatives worldwide, generating more than 100 million jobs around the world. In agriculture, forestry, fishing and livestock, members participate in production, profit-sharing, cost-saving, risk-sharing and income-generating activities, that lead to better bargaining power for members as buyers and sellers in the market place.
Agricultural and food cooperatives are already a major tool against poverty and hunger, but they could do much more. There is need to strengthen these organisations and facilitate their expansion while creating a favourable business, legal, policy and social climate in which they can thrive.