Prof. Pushpendra K Jain from Botswana, who was visiting Buenos Aires, Argentina, attended the 44th IVU World Vegfest at the Convention Center Palais Rouge, BA on 11 December 2016. Prof Jain was the only representative from Africa to attend the Vegfest in Argentina.
The 45th Vegfest is scheduled to be hosted in Kenya in 2017. Before his travel to Argentina, Prof. Jain was requested by the IVU Africa representative, Mr. Emmanuel Eyoh from Nigeria to bring the “Hosting Flag of IVU Vegfest” to Botswana for passing it on to the organizers of the 2017 Vegfest in Kenya. A brief “Passing of the ‘Hosting Flag’ ” ceremony was organized by the Argentinean Hosts in the afternoon on 11 December 2016 at which, amid speeches, Prof. Jain was handed over the IVU Vegfest flag by the Argentinean hosts which he accepted on behalf of Kenya to pass it on to them.
In his acceptance speech, Prof. Jain thanked IVU for their continued support of Vegetarian movement in Africa, and invited the guests present to the Vegfest in Kenya in 2017, the details of which will soon become available on the website. As the IVU Patron and former IVU Council member Prof. Jain is well known in the IVU circle, and has attended two past IVU World Vegetarian Congresses (as they were known then) in Thailand (2000) and Toronto (2004).