World Food Day (WFD) 2020 and FAO’s 75th Anniversary commemorated in Tonga on 16 October, 2020. This year, WFD events held at the Indoor Stadium at ‘Atele. Guest of Honour was the Hon. Prime Minister, Rev Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa.
The WFD theme this year calls to “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together”. The theme tagline “Our actions are our future” reinforce the call for action to overcome the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through enhancing productivity and upgrading and diversifying production value chains.
The WFD2020 theme and activities recognize the increased agricultural activities at community level by every districts of Tongatapu. Similar agricultural activities occur in the outer islands, Vava’u, Ha’apai, ‘Eua and the Niuas. Program of the WFD include pre-judge competitions that focus on self-sufficient activities at the seven districts of Tongatapu. This include household vegetable gardening, fruit tree planting, home-base poultry and layers. Other pre-judge competition involves food businesses operations and Food Safety inspections. The rest of the competition was on the WFD exhibitions and displays. This engaged private sector food-related businesses and retailers, farmers, schools, exporters that involve in making sustainable food available and affordable.
The theme emphasizes on the need to make sure that our food systems grow a variety of food to nourish growing population and sustain the world we are living, together. The theme re-emphasizes the importance for Tonga to make food choices that improve both our health and that of our food systems. The current engagement of private sectors, community groups, households and schools in vegetable gardening, poultry raising, fruit tree planting support healthy eating in order to reduce alarming rate of non-communicable diseases in Tonga.
The WFD exhibition featuring stakeholder, community groups, exporters, food vendors and food-related partnerships clearly indicated the status of food systems in Tonga. Most exhibitions by community groups, food businesses, exporters and food vendors. Both agriculture and fisheries exhibitions confirm the two main source to providing variety of food for sustainable and healthy Tonga.
Special performance by the Government Primary School of ‘Atele was the climax of the WFD. Songs and poems composed for the WFD theme and costume parade on various food types assured that the WFD is reaching out to young generation.
The commemoration of WFD each year calls for action. Despite the unprecedented circumstances of the WFD2020, Tonga can still take advantage of this important opportunity to featuring food and agricultural sector.
PREVENTION OF THE PIG’S VIRUS AFRICAN SWINE FEVER(ASF)
World Food Day is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. This is held annually on 16th October of which people from around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger from our lifetime.
Here in Tonga, Food is part of our culture as it is involved in every Tongan traditional occasion from Birthdays to Funerals. It is only right, that this day should be celebrated, promoted and made aware to the people of Tonga the vitality of ensuring food safety and understanding that we are lucky to have such variety of food in a world that is battling world hunger. This is a light that Tonga has and should share with the world.
World Food Day is an annual event hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries which was successfully delivered at Queen Salote Memorial Hall located at Taufa’ahau Road, Nuku’alofa.The World Food Day observance was honored to have the Acting Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. SioneVunaFa’otusia as the guest of honor for the day. Special guests such as the NZ High Commissioner, HE Tiffanny Babington and other cabinet Ministers attended the event. Exhibitions of food and local food produce was displayed on that day by Stakeholders, Women and Youth Groups in Agriculture, Food Industries and Fisheries.
The World Food Day program started in the traditional way a hymn lead by Free Wesleyan Church Youth, “UloAtuChoir” from Tu’atakilangi followed by a prayer by Rev. SelaNa’aLatu, FWC Former President of Education.
The participation of Government Primary Schools from Longolongo and Kolomotu’a were of great significance to the guests as these children delivered Skits, poems, songs and costumes made of food materials to emphasize on healthy food. As healthy food and physical activity are equally important to health, a Zumba led by Instructor from the Ministry of Health which enjoyed by all including Ministers and guests at the World Food Day celebration.
Highlight of the World Food Day is the tour of the exhibits by Guest of Honour, Ministers and guests. They witness the range of food products, local dishes, home grown vegetables, new ideas in food preparation and presentation by stakeholders, food processors, women and youth groups and NGOs.
The day ended with giving out of certificates to winners of the World Food Day competitions from food production to food preparation at household and commercial levels.
‘Mai e Nima initiative that encourages Class 5 students to cook healthy meals with locally grown produce and enhance awareness on nutritional value has added an element of healthy competition to really boost its in school activities. Four primary schools from Hahake, Tongatapu compete in a thrilling cook-off on Friday 23/08/2019 at Nuku’alofa.
All the government primary schools in the Hahake region were given the opportunity to participate in the competition, and of those applications received the following four schools made the final cut; Fu’amotu, Kolonga, Tu’aliku ‘o Pilolevu and Malapo. Entries were selected based on dishes nutritional content, creativity, innovation and ease of preparation at home by students.
The competition is being made possible by The Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Nishi Foundation. The Competition held at Ministry of Agriculture, Women’s Division Kitchen, Vaiola Motu’a.
The first prize awarded to Fu’amotu Government Primary Schools, The second Prize awarded to Kolonga Government Primary School and the Third prize awarded to Malapo and Tu’aliku ‘o Pilolevu Government Primary Schools.
VAHEFONUA TONGATAPU: ‘Aho 21 moe 22 ‘o Sune 2019.
Feitu’u: Manamo’ui, ‘Atele
VAHEFONUA HA’APAI: ‘Aho 16 Siulai 2019
Feitu’u: Mala’e Lea’aetohi
VAHEFONUA VAVA’U: ‘Aho 19 Siulai 2019
Feitu’u: Mala’e Niponi
VAHEFONUA NIUAFO’OU: ‘Aho 23-24 Siulai 2019
Feitu’u: Mala’e Latufuipeka
VAHEFONUA NIUATOPUTAPU: ‘Aho 25-26 Siulai 2019
Feitu’u: Mala’e Matangimalie
VAHEFONUA ‘EUA: ‘Aho 1 ‘Aokosi 2019
Feitu’u: Mala’e Niu’eiki
Koe ngaahi ‘aho eni moe feitu’u ‘e fakahoko ki ai e maa’imoa faka’ali’ali ngoue ‘o e 2019. Ko hono kaveinga koe TO’U KAI MO HONO LOHU.
The honorable Minister for MAFF was honoured to open the inception workshop for the FAO Technical Cooperation Project which was held at Tano’a Hotel on the 20th of Feb 2019. The objective of this workshop is to agree on implementation, coordination arrangements and develop a detailed work plan for the FAO Technical Cooperation Project and to “Support to Tonga Horticulture Competitiveness” and agree on implementation arrangements for the assessment study on postharvest loses along Tonga’s fruit and vegetable chains (LOA). There were representer from the FAO and many other participants from local farmers and other ministry, they were happy to be there to support and to discuss what to do to achieve the goals of this project.This project is fully funded by FAO.
Joint program by Food Division, MAFF, Health Promotion Unit & MOH.
This morning the Ministry of Agriculture hosts a ceremony in Recognition of Health Promotion Screening Program of Jan – Nov, 2018.
Certificates of achievement were awarded to the following as a result of the program
1st place : Mr. ‘Elisaia Ika
2nd place : Mrs. Malina Lolo
3rd place : Mrs Sesalina Lavemai
Dr. Kami is going to attend the 5th Steering Committee meeting for the International Year of Plant Health 2020 in Rome,Italy. This meeting purpose is to increase and improvements in trade of agricultural produce, agricultural production, improving economy. According to Dr. Kami this 5th meeting will be focused on planning activities internationally, regionally and nationally for the YEAR for PLANT HEALTH 2020. This travel will be fully funded by IPPC Secretariat and it will start from the 14th to the 15th of February 2019. While Dr.Kami absence the Deputy OIC of Quarantine and Quality Management Division will be in charge.
Dr.Kami and Mr.Sione Foliaki attended the ACIAR end of project HORT: 2010-065 review and ICM-2 Project Advisory Group (PAG) meeting which was held in Suva, Fiji from the 14th to the 18th of January. These projects are on the management pests and diseases the utilization of plant clinics on agricultural crops plus identifying the emerging threats to Tonga in terms of pests and diseases and provide strategic response plans. This meeting was fully funded by ACIAR.