Sunday, October 16, 2011


It's BLOG ACTION DAY once again and this year's theme is FOOD. Sharing my thoughts with you all

Since late August 2011, I have been travelling from one country to another attending a number of conference. I just realised that in one way or another, the issue of FOOD featured so much in all the three conferences.

While some people in some parts of the world are fighting obesity, others in another part of the world are starving to death because they have no access to food.

The first of these series of conferences I went for was the One Young World summit2011 that took place in Zurich Switzerland from 1st to 4th September. With a scholarship from MTN, I was amazed at the number of young people who had convened to talk about issues that are currently affecting the world. One of them was HEALTH.  The keynote speaker for the health panel was TED prize winner Jamie Oliver of FoodRevolution who spoke about global Obesity.
Some of my tweets during the session on health and food with the hash tag (#fixhealth) were: 

·         "You and I need to educate each other about the food that we eat"
·         "We need to act against wasting food"
·         "We need to respect the fact that we have food and other don`t"
·         "We all have passion for food, Yes, but do we have respect for farmers"
·         "We need to change our lifestyle and change our eating habits too"
·       "As we fight hunger and starvation in Africa, we should also sort out the issue of obesity in   the US and Europe".
·         "Food is a basic need and a human right"
·         "The general children are borne in a junk food culture"
·         "Food Security is not necessarily about improving production but increasing access to food".


The Second was the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Annual High Level Regional Food Security Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogue 2011 which was held from 19th to 23rd September 2011 in Mbabane (Swaziland). The theme of this year's annual regional dialogue was "Advocating for the active engagement of the youth in the agriculture value chain".  Top on the agenda was the issue of how youth can be engaged in achieving food security on the African continent. From the discussions, it was evident that few youth engage in Agriculture and yet the continent`s largest population is that of the young people.  Her Majesty, Queen Mother Ntombi, Indlovukazi of Swaziland received the food security policy leadership award for her role in great role in Agricultural initiatives in Swaziland including one on the Marula fruit seed. Read more The question that remained on everyone`s mind was how we can make agriculture `Sexy` and profitable to the youth.

The final conference was the second Global Knowledge share Fair
As the world mourned world icons like Nobel prize winner Wangari and  Apple`s Steve Jobs how many thought of the thousand dying of starvation just  because they cannot afford a meal?
And who thinks that youth have a great role to play for the world and most especially Africa to achieve food security?

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