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Marking the World Food Day in Djibouti


To mark the World Food Day, AAH Djibouti joined other partners to host a food demonstration at the Markazi refugee camp.


Representatives from UNICEF, UNHCR, Djiboutian Government's National Department for Assistance to Refugees and Affected Populations (ONARS) and World Food Programme joined refugees from the camp and community leaders to mark the event, in line with this year’s theme, Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development. 


The objectives of the event were to help participants to understand:

  1. The different food groups
  2. The role of each food group
  3. How locally produced foods can contribute to a balanced diet
  4. How different foods can be used to prevent certain types of diseases


AAH Djibouti World Food Day

Sampling the food during the event


The event kicked off with a display of local foodstuff in three categories: energy foods (rice, spaghetti, potatoes, oil and sugar), growth foods (fish, meat and beans) and protective foods (carrots, tomatoes, garlic, oranges and lemons).


This was followed by a discussion answering the question “What do we eat?” Participants grouped their responses into three: for energy, to grow well and for good health, and then proceeded to identify these foods from the food display. The recommended diet for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers for the first 6 months after delivery, and quality and quantity of the correct food groups to avoid illnesses, was also discussed. 


The women who cooked had an opportunity to present the different foods for tasting. The day ended with presentation of certificates to community health workers who participated in a training on “The management of severe malnutrition in the Markazi camp" which was facilitated by AAH-I and conducted by UNICEF. 


This is the first time that such an event was organized at the camp. 


Inspiring story ahead of the World Refugee day.