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Event Targets Climate Change

The Fiji National University opened its International Food Festival 2014 at its Namaka Campus in Nadi yesterday. Chairperson Dr Ajantha Perera said it was significant for Fiji to host this
14 Oct 2014 10:36
Event  Targets  Climate  Change
Beverly Prasad with daughter Amayra and son Ronick in Suva on January 11, 2020. Photo: Shreeya Verma

The Fiji National University opened its International Food Festival 2014 at its Namaka Campus in Nadi yesterday.

Chairperson Dr Ajantha Perera said it was significant for Fiji to host this event.

“It was very important that we host this event, especially during this time when climate change is becoming very effective.

“We chose the theme ‘Oceans and Rivers’ because we need to let the people know that we have various supply of food in Fiji and we also need to conserve them,” she said.

Dr Parera was surprised at the turnout from officials.

“When we first discussed about this event, we did not think it would be big, but later on we felt gravity that this was a very important issue that needed to be raised.

“The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau who officially opened the festival stressed on the importance of conserving our ocean.

“The threat of climate change is being felt through drastic changes in weather patterns; prolonged droughts and great variability in the rainfall regime have made us rethink about protecting our freshwater resources,” he said.

The President said there was still a need to safeguard our environment.

Also present at the opening ceremony was celebrity chef Lance Seeto, who will be preparing some local dishes during the week-long event along with 19 international dishes.

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