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The City of Johannesburg recently commemorated World Food Day by marching through the streets of Turffontein, Region F, to highlight the plight of people living without a healthy and nutritious diet.

Scores of Environmental Health Practitioners from across all of the City’s seven regions marked the day by conducting door-to-door visits, hoisting placards inscribed with food safety messages and raising awareness about food security, south of the Inner City.

Paballo Sekokotla, a Manager in Environmental Health, said the focus of the campaign was on raising awareness about fake food, expired food, food gardens and food security in general.

“The objective of the campaign was to raise public awareness on the role of environmental health in food safety, enhance the participation of schools in establishing food gardens, and heighten public awareness about the scarcity of food in the country,” Sekokotla explained.
He added that the campaign was also rolled out to strengthen solidarity amongst vulnerable communities in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
World Food Day is observed annually across the globe on 16 October in honour of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 1945. This year’s theme was “Our Actions Are Our Future Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World”.

The event is used to raise awareness and gather support and understanding of the approaches that can help end world hunger.

When marking the day, participants are always encouraged to undertake displays of agricultural products and various types of locally processed foods; cultural presentations, and other activities promoting food and nutrition security. This is done to spread awareness and appreciation for the various contributions agriculture make to food security.

On the day, the City’s Environmental Health Practitioners were encouraged to wear colourful outfits, with the best dressed, Region D, taking home the grand prize.