Backyard Garden for Adele School

Backyard Garden for Adele SchoolAntigua St. John's - The Ministry of Agriculture commemorated World Food Day with the launch of a backyard garden pilot project at the Adele School last week.

The ceremony was attended by Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack, Minister of Agriculture Hilson Baptiste, the clergy, and other government officials.

World Food Day is being used as a catalyst to educate the public on the worldwide Zero Hunger Initiative. Minister Baptiste told the gathering that before December, each child at the school will be able pick the fruits that were planted.

The children at the school are all special gifts, the minister noted. He believes that this type of programme will help parents realise the importance of food accessibility, while the implementation of the Food and Nutrition Policy will provide a guideline. “Our job in the Ministry of Agriculture is to bring the question of food to the forefront; we want every person in this country to understand the value of good nutritional food,” Minister Baptiste said.

Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack and Minister Baptiste cut the ribbon leading to the garden.

With the spotlight on hunger and malnutrition, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has set out to achieve ambitious goals to reduce, by half, the prevalence of hunger between 1990 and 2015.

Sixty-two developing countries out of the 120 monitored by the FAO have already reached this target. 

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