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National Food Summit to address Food Security and Prices

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11 October 2011. With the upcoming worldwide observance of the World Food Day on October 16, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFFF) have jointly coordinated a National Food Summit with other Government Ministries including the Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries (MLCI), Environment and Climate Change (MECC), Health (MOH), Finance & National Planning (MONFP) to address a broad spectrum of food security and issues from agricultural and marine resources supply to food legislation and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the need to strengthen food and health systems.

The Summit was keynoted by the Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Forestry (MAFFF), the Hon. Lord Vaea who outlined the purpose and structure of the Summit and synergies to the Pacific and World Food Summit.

Scores of representatives from the Food Industries & Importers, Producers and Consumers, Women's Groups (Women Development, ‘Aloua ma'a Tonga, Langafonua, Catholic League, Tonga Women National Congress, and Youth Groups), Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC), non-governmental organizations including the Talitha Group, District & Town Officers, Civil Society and Organizations have attended the Summit.

During the two-day summit, ongoing consultations and presentations by various speakers and stakeholders from Government Ministries, development partners and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will discuss issues with price swings, upswings in particular, represent a major threat to food security in developing countries, including Tonga.

In tune with this year's theme, ‘Food prices -from crisis to stability', the aim is to shed some light on this trend and what can be done to mitigate its impact on the most vulnerable - from food industries, importers to consumers to the local producers and suppliers.

The National Food Summit which is held at the Fa'onelua Convention Center, from 11 to 12 October is one of the key programmes organized by the MAFFF this week to mark the World Food Day.

During the week, from October 14-15, the Tongatapu Agricultural Show will also showcase and feature farming and marine products displays and competition at the ‘Atele Outdoor Stadium.

ENDS

Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 December 2011 22:12 )  

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