A Rarotonga vendor with their produce at last year’s World Food Day event. 21101520
Local produce will be celebrated at Constitution Park today with a range of vendors at the World Food Day event.
annual international event, celebrated by the food and agriculture arm of the
United Nations, will be held from 9am to 2pm.
of Agriculture head, Temarama Anguna-Kamana said farmers would sell fresh and
“value-added” products at the event.
theme for this year is “leave no one behind, better production, better
nutrition, better environment and a better life for all,” Anguna-Kamana said.
the global challenges that are surrounding us there’s going to be an impact on
farming imports. There will be an increase in the cost of imports and it could
affect our trade with regards to food that is imported into us, so for us it’s
like, let’s stand together, support the farmers and the people involved in the
bringing of food from overseas.
need to stand together and ensure that we always have food available.
just need to look out for each other and ensure that no one suffers
malnutrition or hunger.”
said the challenges for agriculture were flow on effects from Russia’s invasion
of Ukraine, labour shortages, climate change and the risk of invasive pests and
diseases entering the country, like the African swine fever that is making its
way round the Pacific.
all that aside we still need to come together and see how we can make this work
for us in the Cook Islands.”
said today’s event was also a chance for local growers and vendors to showcase
items that they would not normally sell.
was also happy that some local schools would sell produce at the event.