Apii Nikao students at their tree planting programme. This year's World Food Day event also marks the International Year of Plant Health. MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE / 20100926
E tanu, kia pa’ia e kia vai ‘uatu rai. Ko tatou katoa I te rave’anga no te tuatau ki mua. Grow, nourish, sustain together. Our actions are our future. This is the theme of this year’s World Food Day.
World Food Day is celebrated around the world on October 16, however for the Cook Islands, celebrations will be held a week later.
The Ministry of Agriculture says they decided to defer the event to October 21 due to the Cook Islands Games.
Agriculture secretary Temarama Anguna-Kamana says they are reintroducing a National Agriculture Day in alignment with the annual World Food Day event.
“This Covid-19 global health crisis has been a time to reflect on the things we truly cherish and our most basic needs. These uncertain times have made us greatly appreciate things that many of us take for granted and many go without – food!” said Anguna-Kamana.
She said food is the essence of life, adding reserving access to safe and nutritious food “is and will continue to be an essential part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic”.
“In times like these, it is more important than ever to recognise the need to support our local food heroes – our farmers and the workers throughout the food systems!
“They are the ones who are making sure that food makes its way from the plantation to your plate even during the disruptions we are experiencing with this current Covid-19 crisis.
There will be an ei making and coconut husking competition for school children during the event on October 21. This is in addition to food stalls, produce sales from both private vendors and schools, livestock display and floriculture displays.
A bouncy castle has also been organised for children to play while their parents are enjoying what is on offer.
The event is organised through the support of Cook Islands Tourism, Business Trade Investment Board, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Marine Resources, Ministry of Education, primary schools, Te Marae Ora, private sector farmers, organic farmer organisations, floriculturists, agriculture machinery enthusiasts and all food vendors.
Anguna-Kamana said the ministry is looking forward to seeing everyone on the day at the Constitution Park where the event will be held, commencing from 9am to 2pm.