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18.11.2009 International

Ordinary citizens can help world’s hungry billion through online UN campaign

By UNITED NATIONS INFORMATION CENTRE
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17 November - As the number of chronically hungry people tops one billion, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is calling on ordinary citizens to mobilize through the “Billion for a Billion” campaign to end hunger.

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran highlighted the campaign in a statement issued on the second day of the World Summit on Food Security taking place in Rome.

“Food security is not only a matter of humanitarian assistance and agricultural development; it is a matter of national security, peace and stability,” Ms. Sheeran said.

“Without food, people revolt, migrate or die. This is the emergency issue of our generation, and we stand at a critical crossroads. At this moment in time we must galvanize all nations, all people and all resources do defeat hunger.”

“A Billion for a Billion” (www.wfp.org/1billion) is an online campaign designed to make a link between the “on-line haves” and the “have nots.”

It is based on the idea that more than a billion people go hungry, but more than a billion people are on the internet.

“If everyone with plenty gave just $1.50 or Euro1 a week, those without food would have enough to eat,” Ms. Sheeran noted.

“Together we need to make sure that the hungry eat today – and are able to feed themselves tomorrow. It's time to act.”

Development / Accra / Ghana / Africa / Modernghana.com

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