The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) commemorated World Food Day (WFD) 2019 at Murraysburg on 18 October 2019.
The rural community of Murraysburg, one of the poorest communities in the Western Cape, is one of 15 rural development nodes identified to be part of the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP).
CRDP epitomises the philosophy of the Western Cape Government: Better Together, where civil society and government take hands to better the lives of our rural communities.
Ms Joyene Isaacs, the Head of Department, Western Cape Department of Agriculture handed over a “food mountain” to the value of R100 000 to various beneficiaries namely: Huis Spitskop, Combat Crèche, the Community Crèche and a feeding scheme in the area.
WCDoA outreach activities included a number of school educational programmes in the Murraysburg area to highlight the importance of healthy eating amongst youth through art competitions and theatre performances (last mentioned sponsored by the Stigting vir Bemagtiging deur Afrikaans (SBA)).
The WCDoA has also established household gardens, school/community gardens as well as chicken coups in the area to enable people in the community to produce their own food. The projects are but a starting point to what could be sustainable outreach initiatives with long lasting impact in the long run.
When asked about the importance of this annual departmental event, Ms Isaacs emphasised that food security and access to food is a real struggle for a significant number of people in the Western Cape.
Isaacs: “It is very disheartening when adults cannot feed their children. So today, with our partners, we demonstrate our commitment to reducing and alleviating poverty. Whether it’s small, whether it’s big, whether it is for now or for later, World Food Day creates the opportunity to give to those people that deserve a break.”
The event was a success due to the contribution of various public and private organisations such as national, provincial and local government, ABInBev, Oceana, Fruitways, Hortgro, Shoprite, African Biomass Company Chippers, Kaap Agri as well as the contribution of Western Cape Department of Agriculture staff and Elsenburg College students.
“Together we can fight hunger and make a difference in the lives of the people of the impoverished rural communities of the Western Cape” Isaacs.
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