An exhibition of posters showcasing local agricultural practices in the context of World Food Day 2018, was inaugurated this morning at the Esplanade of the Renganaden Seeneevassen Building in Port-Louis. The theme for the 2018 Day is 'Our actions are our future' A #zero hunger world by 2030 is possible'.
The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands, Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, and the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Kumar Seeruttun were present. A special commemorative cover designed by the Mauritius Post Ltd in collaboration with the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security was also launched on that occasion.
In his address, Minister Seeruttun highlighted the importance of ensuring food security for the survival of mankind. This year's objective, he said, is to strengthen food security and to eliminate famine across the world by 2030.
Speaking about this year's theme, the Minister emphasised that it sheds light on the impacts engendered by our current practices on food production. Food production, he recalled, depends on several factors such as climatic conditions that are beyond our control and in order to compensate, one should adopt effective agricultural practices.
According to Mr Seeruttun, best agricultural practices such as choice of seeds varieties and optimum use of the soil will favour sustainable agriculture. This will definitely have a positive impact on the quality and quantity of food production and yields, he stated.
Moreover, the Minister underlined that another major issue which should be addressed is food waste, wherein volumes of food is being wasted in the food supply chain, within private households and at the level of businesses such as hotels and restaurants. Around 30% of food production does not reach consumers for different reasons, he said. Thus, this calls for the adoption of a series of strategies which include better food storage systems, transport and distribution facilities to ensure that food is not wasted and reaches the population, he indicated.
World Food Day 2018, the Minister pointed out, raises the alarm on food-related issues such as obesity, malnutrition, and famine and food crisis. It is crucial for everyone to be aware of the necessity to adopt healthy and sustainable food consumption patterns and change their lifestyles, to ensure a sustainable and better future, he added.
At the level of Government, a series of actions are geared towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals including ensuring food security and eliminating famine by strengthening the agricultural sector.