Food for One, Food for All

World Food Day is celebrated worldwide on 16th October in honour of the founding date of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated by organizations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Since 1981, there has been a tradition of adopting a theme for World Food Day every year in order to highlight areas in need of action and to provide a common focus. The theme for 2014 was ‘Family Farming : Feeding the world, caring for the earth’. This day is observed in over 150 countries and is also celebrated as ‘Food Engineer’s Day’ in India. The Food Process Engineering Department of NITR also commemorated this day.

The event commenced with inaugural speeches by Prof R K Singh, head of department of Food Process Engineering, Prof P Rath, head of department of Chemical Engineering, Prof S K Patra, Prof Sabyasachi Mishra and the chief guest of the occasion Prof S K Dash from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology. The inaugural speeches were followed by vote of thanks from Prof Jayeeta Mitra.

Prof S K Dash gave a lecture on the Food Processing Sector in India; the scope of development and role of food process engineers. Students displayed their wit and talent in the poster competition and came up with colourful and informative posters on ‘terrace gardening’, ‘organic food’, ‘green technology’, ‘diverting food waste for bio-energy’, ‘food wastage’, ‘hunger free world’, ‘public-private partnership in food security : a hype or need of the hour’ and ‘small scale food industries’.

A quiz on Food process Engineering was arranged for undergrad students by Prof P P Sutar and Prof Jayeeta Mitra and was conducted by Mtech and PhD students. Subham Subrat Panigrahi, Sourav Mahapatra, Dileswar Pradhan and Debi Prasad Sahu emerged as winners.

The day concluded with the prize distribution ceremony followed by a photograph session with the chief guest, professors and students.