The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia organized an event, celebrating World Food Day with Georgian government officials, ambassadors, international organizations, non-governmental and private sectors, and academia.
Photo exhibition and short documentary on traditional Georgian food
By Mariam Chanishvili
Wednesday, October 23
This year’s event focused on traditional Georgian products with Geographical Indications (GIs) which is a public label recognizing the clear link between a high-quality product and its place of origin, protecting that link as an intellectual property right.
The event was opened by Levan Davitashvili, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia and Raimund Jehle, FAO Representative in Georgia.
This year, World Food Day calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone.
Jehle highlighted FAO’s global role in improving nutrition and promoting healthy and sustainable diets to a wide target audience, through capacity development.
“The women and men who work in agriculture play a vital role in providing nutritious, affordable food. Their knowledge and traditional practices are vital in a world where food production faces challenges such as climate change and limited natural resources,” said Jehle.
Photo exhibition “Taste of Home” formed part of the event as well. The exhibition was about the Georgian culinary traditions, the process of how the Georgian taste is born, people who are creating Georgian taste and the environment where this taste is being created. The exhibition counted 25 best entries of the Your Shot competition by National Geographic. At the end of the event, the best three authors of the exhibited photos were announced and awarded.
A short documentary film - “Unique Georgian Taste” - was also presented within the frames of the event.
On October 16 millions of people around the world will gather at marathons, exhibitions, concerts and marches to observe World Food Day.
World Food Day, which is an international day celebrated every year around the world on 16 October, was founded in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.