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2020 World Food Day Opening Ceremony (Oct. 12, 2020)

Author: DA Communications Group | 12 October 2020

Agriculture Secretary led the opening of this year’s World Food Day celebration with the theme, “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.” on October 12, 2020.

Joining Secretary Dar were Department of Agriculture (DA) food security ambassadors, James Reid and Cherrie D. Atilano; OIC and Assistant FAO Rep for Programme Tamara Palis-Duran; and other DA key officials.

In his message, Secretary Dar took note that the poor are the most vulnerable sector towards hunger and malnutrition. “Even if food is available, but the resources to buy basic essentials are limited, it will be a problem,” he said.

Dar announced that the Inter-Agency Task Force has already approved a new program that will address the hunger and malnutrition problem in the country.

“The hunger rate is at 30 percent and we hope that in the coming months, we will able to manage properly challenges on hunger and malnutrition,” he said.

Dar mentioned that he has already instructed the re-alignment of programs under the National Rice Program and the Philippine Rice Research Center to address the emerging rice requirement of the people, not just on high yield variety but also quality aromatic variety.

Di na lang basta kung ano ang itatanim. Dapat masarap ding kainin at may kita ang mga magsasaka. Nourishment is something we need to have a good handle,” he stressed.

In his message, the Secretary reiterated the full support of the Department of Agriculture to local rice farmers, and emphasized that importation will be a last resort to support the department’s goal of achieving food sufficiency level for all commodities. (Photos by Adones Buhayan, DA-AFID)