The former president of Ghana, John Kufuor, today was named a Global Ambassador against Hunger " with a focus on the need to provide good nutrition for the 66 million children who go to school hungry every day " for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Ensuring that every child has proper nutrition has to be the goal of every world leader, " Mr. Kufuor said. I hope to inspire them all to strive for this goal. "
With his appointment, he joins other ambassadors for the agency, including marathon runner Paul Tergat, the footballer KakÃ , actress Drew Barrymore and former United States Senator George McGovern, in advocating on behalf of the world`s poorest and hungriest.
With the number of hungry people in the world expected to top one billion this year, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said that Mr. Kufuor`s support is crucial.
John Kufuor not only talks the talk, but walks the walk, " she said. Ghana is a leader in nourishing its children and Ambassador Kufuor can be a leader in getting others to follow his good work. "
As WFP Ambassador, the former Ghanaian leader will also stress the need to fight hunger on several fronts: investment in long-term agricultural development, funding the agency`s work and helping the poor access affordable and nutritious food.
WFP " which feeds over 20 million young people every year " said that just over $3 billion is needed annually to reach all 66 million hungry school-age children.