The Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) lead the annual celebration of the World Food Day with this year’s theme, “Our Actions Are our Future. Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World.”

As an attached agency under the Department of Agriculture, the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) actively took part in the culminating activity of the 2019 World Food Day, held on October 16, 2019 at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City, to promote healthy, balance, and sustainable diets for everyone.

Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Ariel Cayanan emphasized the “call for a stronger global, national, and multi-sectoral effort to fight hunger, malnutrition and feed the planet in a sustainable way.” He also highlighted the importance of the primary days of a child’s development and that “It is high time to reinforce the critical role of agriculture and fisheries in improving the nutritional status and quality of life of every Filipino.” He then encouraged DA bureaus and attached agencies to strengthen its safety protocol and create studies to make nutritious food available, accessible, and affordable.

FAO Country Director for WFD Program Mats Perrson highlighted the importance of nutrition and food security. He called the attention of the government to address the gap that hinders Filipinos from eating safe and nutritious food. He also stated that the country should stimulate its local production, reintroduce iron-fortified rice, and reduce food waste. According to the FAO, achieving #ZeroHunger is not only about addressing hunger, but also nourishing people while nurturing the planet.

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Agriculture Undersecretary for Special Concerns Waldo Carpio said that much still remains to be done, for hunger and malnutrition are sophisticated problems. “This celebration serves as a reminder for us to be continuously aggressive in our efforts to build a global movement to end hunger and fulfill our moral obligation to provide available and affordable food for the Filipino people,” stated USec. Carpio.

The celebration ended with an enthralling Candle Lighting Ceremony and the reading of the Pledge of Commitment with which all participants gathered together, illuminated, and lifted up their candles to signify their unity and commitment in bringing a brighter future for all Filipinos and a #ZeroHunger World.


30 personnel from the Central Office and 15 personnel from the Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC) participated in the event. (Josh A. Casila)

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