Nhinte village hosted World Food Day celebration in Guinea-Bissau
In Guinea-Bissau, the date was commemorated in Nhinté village in the Cacheu region, in the presence of the UN Organization for Food and agriculture (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) Representatives, the Minister of Agriculture and his technicians. The event aimed at supporting and sensitizing women to diversify their crops so as not to depend solely on rice and cashew production.
There was also a delivery of materials and two hectares of land to three women's associations, including two from the village of Nhinte and one from the village of Pete devastated by the storms and floods where the inhabitants lost almost everything.
The Representative of the United Nations Organization for Food and agriculture, Yannick Rasoarimanana, said she was "satisfied" with the celebrations. "Through a project funded by the African Development Bank, the village will also benefit from irrigation materials and a well that will run on solar energy," added the FAO representative.
Guinea-Bissau started to show progress in the fight against hunger this year, reveals the country's nutritional monitoring system, indicating that food insecurity among the rural population dropped from 30.6% at the end of 2016 to 20% in October 2017. The drop was mainly due to the increase in the price of cashew nut, one of the main agricultural products of the country.
The study also indicates that only 4.7% of children from six months to two years of age receive an adequate minimum diet. Of the children served by the World Food Program (WFP), 10% received adequate food.
However, in the region of Bafatá, in the east of the country, many cases of malnutrition continue to occur, especially among children. "Every day we receive more than 20 malnourished children in the center," said the head of the Nutrition Recovery Center of Bafata region, Sister Inanilda da Luz Cabral Correia.
"The school canteen has helped a lot by providing meals to 181 schools in the Bafata region not only to reduce the rate of malnutrition but also to reduce the school drop-out rate, especially among girls," says the region's education inspector, Adama Seidi.
For the president of the National Association of Farmers (ANAG), Jaime Boles Gomes, "the country must organize itself in cooperatives to ensure the sustainability of the sector and eradicate hunger and poverty, because we, the farmers have natural conditions favorable to supply the country with the products locally produced and even export to the neighboring countries, it is enough only to bet on the diversification of the culture, said Jaime Boles.
The Director-General of Agriculture, Carlos Mateus Amarante, said that "the Ministry has two strategic policy documents with well-defined priorities for sector development and hunger eradication." The implementation of these policies is being financed by the African Union and ECOWAS. "In a short time, a round table will be organized to get more funds for the nine projects under these policies."
According to the latest FAO report of 2018, more than 820 million people suffer from chronic malnutrition. "We can change that," the statement said. In Guinea-Bissau, the fight against hunger and the eradication of poverty are crucial to promoting stability and a condition for sustainable development.