An non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Nigeria, FoodClique Support Initiative, on Monday, joins other stakeholders in the world to celebrate this year’s World Food Day.
The organisation said in a release, copy of which was sent to The DEFENDER ahead of time, why it was taking part in the Day celebration.
It said the fight against hunger was a collective responsibility for all and that as such, it would join the rest of the world to celebrate another world food day an annual event of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations which holds on the 16th of every October around the globe.
The theme for this year’s edition is tagged “Change the future of migration. Invest in the food security and rural development.”
Its continued advocacy for the reduction of food waste in Nigeria, the release said, will also be brought to fore at the event which will take place at Ebute (Apostolic Playing Ground) Osholake Street by Kadara Street Ebute Metta, Lagos Mainland, Lagos as they will be providing four thousand meals to people that are socially disadvantaged in Lagos Mainland Local Government Area.
The event will also witness various seasoned speakers who will lend their voice to how governments, corporate organisations and individuals alike can help to eradicate hunger in our society. Other programmes lined up for the day include stories of hope, symposium on food waste, rural development integration into national development and signing of zero hunger pledge banner to be delivered to the FAO headquarters as our show of solidarity to global fight against hunger.
In the words of the Founder of FoodClique Support Initiative, Fadipe Bolajoko, he views this year’s event as an avenue to raise the stakes higher by creating more awareness on the dangers of hunger thereby stating “the need to do more as individuals, families, organizations and a nation in curbing this scourge is now.”
He said, “We cannot cross our fingers and pretend all is well when in the real sense thousands of vulnerable individuals are out there on empty stomach begging for survival. It’s time to wake up to reality and lend a helping hand so we can secure a better future of hope for everyone affected”. He further stated that FoodClique will continually be at the forefront of the hunger eradication campaign until it becomes a thing of the past in our communities.”
In the same vein, the Director of Media and Publicity for FoodClique, Mr. Adeola Adetola, stressed the need for government and corporate organizations to help reduce hunger through delivery of people centred initiatives
“The government sincerely needs to do more and extend a helping hand to various people living with hunger thereby expanding its corporate social responsibility that trickles down to the lower pyramid of the social class as this will in the long run help to ease the job of governance through stable polity and also provide secure environment for corporate organisations to thrive.”
This year’s World Food Day will aim more at promoting worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all and sundry thereby achieving the zero hunger target of the United Nations (UN) by 2030.