12 Oct 2002 -- This year’s World Food Day Celebration at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok will take place on 14 October 2002. Guests invited to the function include the prime minister and minister of agriculture and cooperatives from Thailand, high-ranking government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, staff of international organizations based in Bangkok as well as academics and representatives from NGO’s and foundations.
The programme of the celebration features a keynote speech by Y. K. Alagh, former minister of power, science and technology, and planning and programme implementation in the government of India, who is a distinguished international scholar in the field of development economics and water resource development.
During the celebration, the Y.S. Rao Award will be conferred on five outstanding farmers from the Asia-Pacific region (China, Palau, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam).
World Food Day is observed every year by FAO and its member countries to promote awareness of world food security problems and their solution. The theme for the 2002 World Food Day is Water: source of food security. It is a call for the wiser management of the increasingly limited supply of water for agriculture, especially on Asia-Pacific farms where the average water availability is one-sixth of that in the rest of the world.
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