We had a wonderful opening of the Heritage Garden at Roche Caiman on World Food Day (see related posts preceding this one). During the opening, Wildlife Clubs members Elissa Lalande and Isis Rath gave an inspiring speech. I have copied it below in verbatim for your reading pleasure.
Honourable Minister for Environment, Natural Resources and Transport Mr. Joel Morgan,
Members of the National Assembly
Chairman Seychelles Agriculture Agency
Chief Executive Officers
The Farmers Association
Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good morning and welcome to the official opening of the Heritage Garden at Roche Caiman.
Today the world is also celebrating the World Food Day, under the theme “Achieving food security in times of crisis!”
Nature Seychelles and the Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles would like to thank you for responding to our invitation.
Actually, the theme, “achieving food security in times of crisis”, is well fitted with the current world economic trend of increased food prices due to a number of challenges such as Climate change, bio – energy, loss of genetic diversity…etc.
World Food Day also highlights the critical plight of almost 1 billion undernourished people in the world. In Seychelles, however, although consumers do not directly see the impact, farmers are already starting to face the difficulties of securing adequate food for the Nation’s daily need. Consequently, the people of Seychelles are being called upon today to contribute their share in producing food for their household. It is not impossible but with a little bit of will – power and wise use of spaces in and around our homes, our schools, our community and, why not, where possible around our work places!
Ladies and gentlemen, if we all take a quick look around us, you will see that what we are telling you is possible, is indeed possible!
As a matter of fact, this demonstration garden has already taken wings through replications by 22 other school-based wildlife clubs on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue promoting the use and value-added products of the plants through learning programs and exhibitions.
We sincerely hope that with the opening of our Heritage Garden here at Roche Caiman, more members of the wildlife clubs and the public will have the opportunity to be enthused, inspired and excited during their visits.
Let us on behalf of the organising committee, thank you all for attending the ceremony.
We have the pleasure to offer you a guided tour in the Garden and please have some snacks and refreshment before you leave.
Elissa Lalande and Isis Rath