Former President John Agyekum Kufuor was on Monday named a Global Ambassador against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to advocate on behalf of the world’s poorest and hungriest people.
A statement from the WFP said, with renewed attention focused on the issue of global food security, Mr Kufuor would help underline the importance of fighting hunger on several fronts by investing in long term agricultural development funded by the WFP. The statement said in partnership with an elite team of celebrities, sportsmen and statesmen, Mr Kufuor would emphasize the need to provide good nutrition for children in school.
“Former President John Kufuor not only talks the talk but walks the walk. Ghana is a leader in nourishing its children and Former President Kufuor can be a leader in getting others to follow his good work,” Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of WFP, said. She said with the number of hungry people in the world expected to top one billion this year, Mr Kufuor would tackle urgent hunger needs and help the hungry poor to access affordable and nutritious food. “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,” he added.
The statement said WFP ambassadors against hunger demonstrate commitment to the global fight against hunger and reach out to world leaders as well as the general public, using their talent, skills and public persona to generate awareness and support for WFP. Mr Kufuor joins a team of WFP ambassadors including sporting legends such as marathon runner Paul Tergat, Mr George McGovern, former US Senator and the actress, Drew Barrymore.