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UN Agencies celebrate World Food Day in Somalia by promoting fish eating to fight hunger

A fisherman casting his hook into the river
Some of the fishermen coming back with their catch
Children clapping for the winner of the fishing competition
Prizes for the winner of the fishing competition
Celebrating for the winner
A demonstration of how to prepare fish
A cooking demonstration
A drama in Somali highlighted the nutritional benefits of fish.
The public is invited to taste the cooked fish
Giving fish a try for the first time
A tasty treat
The end of a successful day.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have joined together with Somali authorities to encourage Somalis to eat more fish as a way to fight hunger in the Horn of Africa country. Despite Somalia’s enormous marine resources, the country’s fishing industry remains largely underdeveloped and its fisheries unexploited. This is partly due to decades of conflict and piracy on the high seas – but also because fish does not form part of the traditional Somali diet.