The Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry will celebrate World Food Day (WFD) on October 16. This year the day marks 70 years since the setting up of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO – October 16, 1945). This year’s theme, proposed by FAO for WFD, is “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Rural Areas.”
In order to mark WFD this year, the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry organizes an exhibition and sale of agro-food products brought by producers from several regions of the country. The exhibition is organized within the ministry’s courtyard and runs from Friday, October 16, to Sunday, October 18 (4 p.m.). Fish, meat and dairy products, honey, stuffed cabbage from Botiza, Maramures, palinka, syrups, jams, comfitures and Topoloveni Plum Jam will be exhibited.
The World Food Day is meant to make the global public opinion aware of the problem of starvation and malnutrition in the world and its main goal is to combat this phenomenon at a global level by getting as many people as possible involved in various actions. According to a FAO report, approximately one billion people from developing countries currently live in extreme poverty and 78 per cent of them are in rural areas where agriculture is the main engine of growth for the rural economy and in some cases for the overall economy.