Vendors at the World Food Day fair sell homegrown bananas and herbs on Friday. (Photo: CLAIRE SHEFCHIK)

About 20 vendors sold local fruits, vegetables, drinks and meals on Friday behind the Central Administration Building at a fair to mark World Food Day.
The event was designed to unite Virgin Islands growers and sellers and raise awareness about sustainable food production and development.

The goal of World Food Day is to achieve a “zero-hunger world” by 2030, according to acting Chief Agricultural Officer Arona Fahie-Forbes, whose department hosted the fair.

She described the event as “a venue for crop producers, fishermen and entrepreneurs to showcase their talents in cooking, gardening, baking, pastries, preserves, poetry and produce.”

Ms. Fahie-Forbes added that the fair also gave the community an up-close look at how producers, supermarkets and other businesses can work with the community to build a greater appreciation for the need to produce more.

The fair included music from local artists and presentations on different food production methods.

Observed annually on Oct. 16 by 150 countries across the world, the international observance is an initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization.

“The Department of Agriculture supports the World Food Day initiative and is committed to being the premier catalyst for sustainable agricultural production, institutional change and agricultural development in the agricultural sector,” according to a press release.