World Food Day is a date set aside to celebrate food security annually on every October 16th. This year’s theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”.
In commemoration of this year’s edition, Foodclique Support Initiative, a hunger fighting non-governmental organisation, celebrated with children of Makoko community. The event witnessed a funfair of cultural display, children’s presentation, advocate’s discussion of the event and distribution of meals to over 2,000 children in the community.
During the event, co-founder and secretary of the organisation, Mr. Akerele Akintunde Hareef, called on corporate organisation, individuals and government to use the coincidence of this year’s World Food Day with Muslim’s Eid celebration to increase the advocacy of ending hunger in the society.
Through the medium, he said, hunger is a problem created by social inequalities and if palliative measures are made available to bridge the social gap between the haves and haves not in the society with the former being over 75 percent of the population the society will be a better place.
He identified the gap bridging measures as provision of food through food banks obtainable in advanced society.
In the same vein, the Vice President of the organisation, Ibrahim Onilegbale, echoed his view by saying the food system in the world was sufficient enough to feed all its inhabitants, but most of the foods produced are wasted on the poor storage management. Onilegbale stated that food waste should be reduced and more funds should be made available in the fight against hunger in the society.
The event was also acknowledged by a member of the Nigerian parliament in the person of Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa. According to her via her official twitter handle, she tweeted thus: @abikedabiri “I am glad to be part of @foodclique on #worldfoodday. I can testify to their passion and hard work. Together we will #endhunger. #wfd”
FoodClique Support Initiative was celebrating its third edition of the event, with the growing level of hunger and poverty in the society the need to evolve such initiative to advocate against hunger is imperative. A society without hunger is possible only if more able people are willing to assist in the proactive fight against hunger.