About 820 million people on earth do not have enough food to live a healthy, active, life. Food and Agricultural Organization reports that 257 million people are starving in Africa.
Some of the factors causing hunger include poverty, conflict, climate and weather, and lack of investment in agriculture. To create worldwide awareness for those suffering from hunger and encourage us to tackle global food insecurity, October 16th was marked as World Food Day.
World Food Day is held annually on 16th October. It is celebrated by different people around the world who come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger. The day also marks the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945. Each year, World Food Day adapts a different theme. For 2019, the theme is “OUR ACTIONS ARE OUR FUTURE, HEALTHY DIETS FOR A #ZEROHUNGER WORLD.”
This year’s theme emphasizes the need for a healthy diet in order to secure our future. Food security is not just about having access to food but having access to healthy food.
Despite 820 million people not having enough to eat, about 2.1 billion people are obese. Dietary choices and lifestyles have caused an increase in obesity around the world. This year’s theme calls us to not only take action towards #ZeroHunger, but to make sure our diet is healthy.
For this year’s World Food Day, Farmcrowdy visited Victoria Island Nursery and Primary School, Eti Osa LGA. There, we educated the children on agriculture, World Food Day, and the role they can play towards achieving #ZeroHunger as well as activities they can engage in to stay healthy.
Present at the school was Farmcrowdy’s Co-founder, Temitope Omotolani among other staff of Farmcrowdy. She spoke to the pupils, telling them about World Food Day, the importance of a balanced diet, and gave tips on some actions they should take for a better and healthier future.
The entire Farmcrowdy staff present also engaged in aerobics with the children and gave them tips on what actions to take towards #ZeroHunger. The children were also informed about dietary choices and how the products they consume individually can affect changes in their bodies.
One of the key actions implemented was Basic Aerobics training. The team showed the young pupils basic aerobics styles that can be infused in their everyday routine and explained that drinking enough water daily and eating a properly balanced diet is a significant way to living a healthy lifestyle.
Farmcrowdy is also proud to announce that as a part of the World Food Day, the production arm of Farmcrowdy has obtained the VETERINARY HEALTH CERTIFICATE FOR TRADE OF MEAT. This means that beyond the food on the table, Farmcrowdy ensures that food processing is done under safe and hygienic conditions for healthy meals.
Farmcrowdy is Nigeria’s first digital agriculture platform that connects small scale farmers across Nigeria with access to finance sourced from individuals and corporates. Farmcrowdy equips the small-scale farmers with know how of sustainable and highly efficient farming practices and ultimately points their produce at harvest to markets offering superior returns to what these farmers get compared to trading within their locality.
Our Vision is to be the foremost digital agriculture platform in Africa admired for its impact on collaborative food production and boosting food security across the continent. Achieving these goals will go a long way in improving the economies of rural farm localities and strengthening food security across Africa.