FAO, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the EBRD and National Geographic Magazine present photo exhibition and short documentary on traditional Georgian food, October 2019FAO, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the EBRD and National Geographic Magazine present photo exhibition and short documentary on traditional Georgian food, October 2019
16 October, 2019
The Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Environmental
Protection and Agriculture of Georgia celebrated World Food Day with Georgian
government officials, ambassadors, international organizations,
non-governmental and private sectors and academia. This year, the event focused on traditional Georgian products
Indications (GIs) which is a public label that recognizes the clear link
between a high-quality product and its place of origin, protecting that link as
an intellectual property right.
Joining 150 countries celebrating
the World Food Day worldwide, the event calls for faster and more ambitious
action to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) and make healthy
diets available and affordable for all. To support this global goal in Georgia,
FAO -- together with the EU-funded ENPARD programme and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) -- implements
projects to support food systems by supporting inclusive value chains, preserving
agricultural traditions and biodiversity in the country.
The event was opened by Mr. Levan Davitashvili,
the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia and Mr. Raimund
Jehle, FAO Representative in Georgia
highlighted FAO’s global role in
improving nutrition and promoting healthy and sustainable diets, through
capacity development and awareness raising. He stressed in this context the
crucially importance to preserve traditional products and to support their
“Women and men who work in agriculture play a vital
role in providing nutritious, affordable food. Their knowledge and traditional
practices are vital in a world where food production faces challenges such as
climate change and limited natural resources. FAO is committed to support
Georgia developing policies to promote healthier diets and and nutritious food
as well as supporting increase of incomes for smallholders and farmers,” Jehle
The presentation of
a short documentary by National Geographic was held during event. The film
“Unique Georgian Taste” is dedicated to the traditional Georgian agrifood
products protected with GI labels. In it, Sulguni cheese and Tushetian Guda
cheese are focused on as these products have qualities that stem from their
place of production, owing to natural factors like plant varieties, animal
species, climate and soil, as well as the local know-how passed down from one
generation to the next.
Another highlight of
the event was a photo exhibition “Taste of Home” about the Georgian culinary
traditions, the process of how the Georgian taste is born, the people who are
creating Georgian taste and the local environment in which this taste is being
created. The exhibition included the 25 best entries of the Your Shot
competition by National Geographic. At the end of the event, best exhibition’s
best three photographers were announced and awarded.
World Food Day
coincides with the birthday of FAO. The organization was founded 74 years ago
and is nowadays represented in 194 countries of the world, including Georgia.
Watch the video documentary on Georgia GIs here.
And check out the Your Shot competition page here.