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