World Food Day in Togo
World Food Day was celebrated in Togo on 25 October 2016, during a large festive ceremony at the summer camp of the Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO) in the southwest suburb of Lome.
The event was chaired by the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Water, Colonel Ouro-Koura Agadazi. Other participants included the Minister of Social Action, Promotion of Women and Literacy, Tchabinandi Kolani Yentcharé; FAO’s Representative in Togo, Antonio Isaac Monteiro; the Secretary General of the Gulf prefecture; members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Togo; and representatives of UN agencies including UNHCR, UNAIDS, WFP, and WHO.
The Minister of Agriculture referenced studies that show how Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change, particularly with regard to its adverse effect on crop yields. The FAO Representative recalled the 2016 World Food Day theme, "Climate change, food and agriculture must too." and noted how climate change is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by UN member states in 2015 to eradicate poverty and hunger, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. In the context of Togo where the population could double by 2050, he called for a deep reflection on the fundamental need to adapt agriculture and food to climate change. He ended his speech by quoting the FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva: "by working together we can achieve the goal of a world free of hunger and poverty and become the Zero Hunger Generation. "
Female workers from the fishing sector in the port of Lomé were presented with a symbolic cheque for five million CFA francs (about USD 8,500) during the ceremony to purchase fishing equipment. The equipment was made available to the Government by FAO and private partners.
To kick off World Food Day 2016 celebrations in Togo, a TeleFood caravan traveled the main streets of the capital of Lome on 22 October 2016 to inform and educate the public about the negative effects of climate change. This was followed by a press conference between the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Water Resources, the FAO Representative in Togo and representatives of public and private media.