By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE BAHAMAS will join 150 countries around the world, next Wednesday, to observe and celebrate World Food Day, according to Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources V Alfred Gray.
Under the theme, “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”, Mr Gray said the day is geared towards identifying sustainable food systems and what changes we need to make in order for us to move towards a greater level of food security.
He said more than 870 million people around the world are “chronically malnourished”, he also encouraged Bahamians to buy locally grown fresh products.
“Local food systems may help improve food security by making local, fresh food available to population s with limited access to healthful food. In order to help promote sustainable local food systems, consumers in the Bahamas can make a difference by by buying fresh food from local farmers markets, supporting urban and backyard gardening initiatives and supporting all local farmers and fishermen,” he said.
World Food Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 16.
In commemoration of this event, an exhibition will be on display at the Heritage Site on Arawak Cay from 9am to 3pm.
Mr Gray said the Ministry will use this opportunity to raise public awareness for the need to promote sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition. He encouraged members of the public to attend the World Food Day celebrations.