A rural community celebrates World Food Day

Farming, Normal


THE East Awin refugee administration center at Iowara in the North Fly district of Western province will celebrate its World Food Day next week.
Although World Food Day falls tomorrow, the Iowara community in partnership with the provincial division of agriculture and livestock has decided to stage its celebrations over two days next week.
The North Fly community will be celebrating World Rural Women’s Day today and World Food Day next Tuesday and Wednesday.
The organising committee says it has planned a wide range of activities besides the usual traditional sing sing, cooking demonstration and speeches.
These include sago making demonstration, traditional fishing methods demonstrations, weaving of traditional food carriers, traditional pig-killing ceremony, pig trapping, craft-making and floriculture displays.
Other activities will include rubber – budding demonstrations, awareness on health issues, awareness on business development, chainsaw demonstrations and outboard motor servicing.
A traditional beauty quest for children will be one of the highlights.
The Iowara community has joined other stakeholders in most provinces to observe the 2009 World Food Day with the theme “Achieving food security in times of crisis”.
 The North Fly district is a least-developed area and food insecurity is a major concern for authorities.
The people are still practicing age-old traditional methods of gathering food and hunting for their livelihood and need to be supported with improved ways of farming.
The official WFD commences in Manus today and will be celebrated over the next three days.