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Bishop’s College Kingstown celebrates World Food Day

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Today, October 16, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrates World Food Day (WFD), its premiere annual celebration. The theme for 2015 is “Social protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty.”

Social protection has been chosen as the theme of this year’s World Food Day (WFD) to highlight its importance in reducing rural poverty and granting access to food or means to buy food.{{more}}

Social protection can be defined as a range of solutions, often combined with each other, such as work opportunities, provision of food, money and services, that are designed to support the vulnerable and help the poor in society move out of hunger and poverty.

About one billion people in developing countries live in extreme poverty. Seventy-eight per cent of them live in rural areas, where agriculture is the main driving force of the rural economy and, in some cases, of the whole economy.

The Science department of the BCK wishes to highlight these issues to the students, staff and parents as they host the WFD activities in conjunction with the national local WFD committee. The day will see a ceremony from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. then an exhibition from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

A release from the school said representatives from the Ministry of Education, Agriculture and National Mobilization are expected to attend to address the students. National co-ordinator for the WFD committee, senior forestry officer Cornelius Richards will address the theme for WFD. All are invited to be a part of this celebration today, which takes place at the BCK hard court.