WORLD FOOD DAY 2019
The theme of World Food Day 2019 was “Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World".
Every year on the 16th of October, people from around the world come together to pledge a commitment to tackling global hunger.
Zero hunger is one of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. It is difficult to imagine that 815 million people in the world are starving today and an expected 2 billion people will be undernourished in 2050.
Bringing it closer to home, currently 1/3rd of children under five in Nigeria are stunted due to malnutrition, the second highest figure in the world.
Nigerians do well already by supporting our local markets and farmers. This allows farmers to invest in their businesses and produce more food more efficiently, which helps everyone. That being said, we could still do so much better!
Start by reducing your food waste; only take what you can finish.
We could also try supporting our local charities and community led programs that help fight malnutrition, or try taking food ourselves to orphanages and families in deeper rural communities.
We are trying to cultivate the habit of thinking like global citizens, thinking with compassion for your fellow Nigerian, your win is everybody’s win!
In terms of diets, please ensure that your child is eating a balanced diet of healthy carbohydrates such as potatoes, yams, nuts, leafy vegetables, adequate protein from beans, chicken, beef, healthy fats found in eggs, nuts and fish, and that they are getting enough vitamins and minerals for strong bones, a healthy brain and a healthy body!
Here are some pictures of our students at Eni Memorial High preparing their own food in honour of world food day.