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Local produce a highlight of important day

Saturday October 17, 2015 Written by Published in Health
With the help of the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute these Titikaveka College students were giving away these beautiful and healthy wraps to youngsters at World Food Day. With the help of the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute these Titikaveka College students were giving away these beautiful and healthy wraps to youngsters at World Food Day.

Breaking the cycle of rural poverty across the world was the theme of World Food Day, marked with plentiful local produce at Punanga Nui market yesterday.

 

The event, organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, was officially opened by Minister of Agriculture Kiriau Turepu.

October 16, is World Food Day, marking the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 70 years ago, following World War II.

The day is observed every year to raise awareness about ongoing hunger and poverty.

The theme for this year’s World Food Day was “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty.”

It was in line with the FAO’s new State of Food and Agriculture report that called for sustained private and public investments and social protections for the rural poor.

The Ministry of Agriculture had a booth selling fresh produce which was made available first for viewing, with items being sold from about 11.30am.

Other growers and schools were invited to participate, and were able to sell produce as soon as their booths were set up.

The Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute (CITI) helped Titikaveka with their stall of free healthy food for kids, while the Ministry of Marine Resources provided popular seafood for market punters.

CITTI culinary arts lecturer Phillip Nordt said he was impressed with this year’s display, saying it was an improvement from last year with more stalls and more information about local produce.